The aim of this course is to introduce students to British imperialism through the case study of South Asia. The course follows a chronological order, discussing 19-20th century political history of colonial India and independent India and Pakistan, but also ties the theme of each session to issues of contemporary relevance. The goal of the module is not only to familiarise students with the basics of the colonial and post-colonial political history of India and Pakistan, but also to highlight the different understandings of their colonial past. In other words, the module seeks to introduce students to the various concepts and readings of South Asian colonial history and its manifold political legacy.
The course is divided into three parts. The first part, Sessions 1, 2, and 3, look at the concepts and theories of imperialism, as well as the practical meaning and evolution of particularly British imperialism in India. The second part, Sessions 4 and 5, reflects on the local responses and political mobilisation in the late colonial period (late 1900s-1947). Lastly, the third part of the module, Sessions 6, 7, and 8, is dedicated to studying the legacy of the colonial past in India and Pakistan.
The module is highly recommended for those wishing to study History, South Asian Studies, or International Relations. Students interested in related fields such as social sciences are also welcome.