SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentSophomore Class of Department of History
Course NameSouth Asian History
InstructorRyan Holroyd Edgecombe
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

During the semester you will write two examinations, a midterm and a final (each worth 20%). You will also write a research paper of ten to fifteen pages in English or Chinese on a topic of your choice related to South Asia (worth 25%). And during one of the final two meetings of the course, you will give a ten minute presentation on your paper topic (10%).

Aside from the examination and presentation days, each meeting will consist of a lecture and then a discussion section. For each discussion section you will need to read a short selection of primary or secondary sources (which I will make available on Moodle every week) and then answer two or three questions with about one to three sentences in English or Chinese (attendance, participation, and the weekly discussion question answers will be worth 20% together).


Tentative Course Schedule:

9/14: Introduction and the Indus River Valley

9/21: The Vedic age (1500 BC – 500 BC)

9/28: The Mauryan Empire (300 BC – AD 300)

10/5: The Gupta Empire (AD 300 – AD 700)

10/12: The Chola Empire (AD 500 – AD 700)

10/19: The Entry of Islam (700 – 1200)

10/26: The Delhi Sultanates (1200 – 1500)

11/2: Vijayanagara (1300 – 1600)

11/9: Midterm Examination

11/16: The Mughal Empire (1500 – 1750)

11/23: The Marathas (1700 – 1800)

11/30: The British East India Company to 1800

12/7: Company’s Rule & the Raj (1800 – 1819)

12/14: Independence and the 20th Century

12/21: Final Presentations

12/28: Final Examination

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

參與及回應紙: Participation, attendance, and discussion question answers: 20%

期中考試 Midterm exam: 20%

期末考試 Final exam: 20%

報告 Presentation: 15%

期末論文 Final paper: 25%


Examination Make-up Policy:

If you need to miss an exam because of a planned activity, you must let the instructor know in advance so an alternative time can be arranged for a make-up exam. Similarly, if you miss an exam because of an emergency, you should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss arranging a time for a make-up exam.

Textbook & Reference

The recommended (but not required) textbook for this course is Marc Jason Gilbert’s South Asia in World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). The course’s weekly reading will be available on Moodle.

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