Professor A. Diptee (Fall)
Professor C. Jangam (Winter)

Course Description

Fall Term (Professor Diptee)
The Fall term will explore various “problems and concepts” that are relevant to World History. This section of the course will historicize and problematize notions of progress, race, terrorism, nationhood, and development among other things. Furthermore, in each lecture, using examples from the course’s historical content, students will be introduced to specific analytical concepts and historical methods. Throughout the course, students will be continually challenged to contemplate the ways in which historical assumptions are embedded in present day discourses. By the end of the Fall term, students will be exposed to historically informed, critical analyses that frame contemporary discussions about globalization.

Winter Term (Professor C. Jangam) Sections A & B

The modern world in which we live today is largely perceived and presented as the contribution of western science, technology and ideas. While interrogating such perceptions, this course focuses on the sustained contribution of the non-western world to the creation of the modern world. Beginning with the European expansions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, it reflects upon the global developments which brought people and cultures together. In re-conceptualizing the global histories as interconnected, this course also analyzes the sources of global tensions which have shaped and reshaped the modern world, including colonialism, nationalism, and forced migration. We shall also engage with the categories of race and gender, and study the processes and lasting legacies of decolonization as we interpret the global present through the lens of the global past.

Class Format: Each week, the students will be expected to attend a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial (in small groups facilitated by a teaching assistant) in which there will be discussion about the course readings, and opportunities to prepare for the course assignments.

Assessment:  Students will be assessed on their written work and their participation in class and tutorials.  Each term, two there will be at least two written assignments.

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