HIST140 Peoples of South Asia

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST140 Peoples of South Asia
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
A study of the cultures of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and neighboring countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. Social, historical, and geographic factors are examined. Topics include village life, folk arts, urbanization, modernization, and population. Extensive use of guest speakers and audio-visual materials.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To develop a thorough understanding of the cultures of the peoples of South Asia and to appreciate their ways of living
    2. To gain a broader perspective on international affairs
    3. To decrease ethnocentrism and increase respect for South Asian cultures
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. A General Survey of the Lands and Its Peoples
    2. Historical Factors: From the British Empire to Independence
    3. The Religions of the Sub-Continent
    4. The Cultures of Village Life
    5. Urbanization and Industrialization
    6. The Political Structures of the Countries
    7. Population Characteristics
    8. Prospects for the Future of South Asia
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See Course Format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Class lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and written responses

Review/Approval Date -4/99