History

Course Credits: 3


Semester(s) Offered

  • Fall 2021 - In person
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2019

Section 002: Nations and Images in South Asia - Professor Chester
This seminar focuses on nationalism in South Asia. We will discuss forms of resistance to British imperialism and the ways that resistance led to the independence of India and Pakistan. We will pay special attention to Mahatma Gandhi and to the role of goddesses, maps, and violence. Assignments (including a research journal, paper drafts, and other intermediate work) are designed to help students create a research and writing process that works for them, building progressively toward their final research paper.

Section 003: Yoga: A Global History - Professor Gautam
This course focuses on the history of yoga from its origin in the spiritual traditions of India to its spread in the West and beyond. The worldwide spread of yoga, particularly in the last century, has made it a truly global phenomenon. In the process, it has not only transcended all ethnic, religious, and national boundaries, but has also undergone subtle and often unnoticed changes of immense significance. Given its near universal reach, only a global approach to its history can allow us to understand the real nature and significance of its presence in the world today. We will start off the course with a reading of some relevant parts of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras-the original book on yoga-and then closely follow its evolution as it expands throughout the
world.

  • Spring 2019

Topic: Gandhi: Nonviolent Resistance and the British Empire. This course focuses on the Gandhian movement of nonviolent mass resistance against British colonial rule in the first half of the twentieth-century in India. It explores the key events of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and the development of his unique mode of political mobilization based on nonviolence and civil disobedience. This course introduces undergraduate history students to the methods and practice of history. The purpose is to help students hone their critical and analytical skills and to develop the research techniques that they will need to be successful as history majors.

Topic: Understanding the Vietnam War in American History. In this course, we will explore two main themes: 1) experience of the war (U.S. military, U.S. civilians mainly - we won't do that much with the Vietnamese perspective in this class), and 2) disagreements about the war.


Catalog Description

Develops the research techniques and habits of mind required to succeed in the History major, honing students' critical, analytical, and synthetic skills while introducing them to History as a discipline and a way of understanding the world. Students practice the kinds of writing required in upper- division History classes. Topics will vary.

Check with instructors if the course is Asia related for specific semesters.


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