Fall 2023

South Asia in the World until 1800 CE

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-173  |  History, as HIST-173


Mekhola S. Gomes (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 173 [AS/TC/TE/TR/TS/P/C] and ASLC 173 [SA]) This course introduces students to the histories and cultures of South Asia until 1500 CE as part of critical world-history. South Asia comprises the modern nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and is one of the most diverse regions of the world. The course challenges Eurocentric and Orientalist ideas of a timeless and singular South Asia. It explores how this region changed over time and has been a part of world-history connected through economic exchange, movement of people and languages, and violent conquests. We will study film, paintings, inscriptions, and pottery and analyse different approaches to the history of the region. This study will help us better understand the history of South Asia as part of world-history at large. Two meetings per week.

Fall semester. Professor Gomes.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, and archaeological evidence from history and cultures of South Asia. Introduction to interdisciplinary methods to study the history of South Asia including epigraphy, philology, art history, and archaeology. Engagement with distinctive methods, questions, and approaches to South Asian history not as an isolated region but rather as part of critical world history. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.

ASLC 173 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CHAP 119
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CHAP 119


Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2023