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India & the World

HIST 200/3.0

This course examines the history of India as a series of contacts with the rest of the world. Topics include Roman trade in ancient India, the Portuguese, Turkish, and Mughal empires, Gandhi in South Africa, and South Asian diasporas in Europe and North America. Course materials include histories, travel accounts, court chronicles, medical treatises, literature, and film.

Learning Outcomes

After completing HIST 200, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of India’s past
  2. Explain current Indian politics and the rise of right wing nationalism.
  3. Discuss the role of colonialism in shaping Indian society, culture, and politics.
  4. Describe early trade routes and Asian trade networks
  5. Illustrate better comprehension of South Asian politics, namely India’s relationship with Pakistan and China.
  6. Examine details about state sponsored pogroms. 


India today is one of the world’s largest consumer markets and a major player in global politics. Yet it is a land of contradictions. On one hand, it is the hub of technology, one the other, there is rapid growth of religious conservatism, caste and gender based violence. The course aims to look at India from a global perspective in order to cognize the coexistence of these contradictions. It also aims to look at India’s role in the international system.

The course is divided into four modules. The first module focuses on ancient empires and India’s relationship with South East Asia, Central Asia, and the Greco-Roman world. The second module looks at Islamic conquests leading to political consolidation, namely the Mughal Empire. The third module, deals with India’s colonization, freedom movement, and the partition of the country. The last module begins with the Nehruvian era, then moves to modern day pogroms and the rise of Hindu extremism.  


Fall 2019
Course Dates: 
Sept 5 - Nov 29, 2019
Exam Dates: 


5%(x2)   Multiple Choice Quizzes (2)

3%+7%  Discussion Forums (2)

20%        Short Paper

20%        Quiz (Exam Format)

40%        Final Essay

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

 There is no final exam for this course.


Professor Aditi Sen-Chowdhury (

Instructor message

My current work is on Indian horror films. But this is not how I started. My doctoral dissertation was on gender and sexuality in ancient India where I studied religious texts to analyze gender roles. My dissertation also looked at folk religion and black magic where women play a very strong role.

I have always been a pop-culture aficionado and a fan of horror cinema. I decided to use knowledge from my doctoral research to work on low budget horror flicks since folklore and folk practices play a major role in Indian horror films. Besides asking me anything related to the course if you have any questions about Bollywood and horror cinema feel free to ask me.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10-12 hours per week on the course.

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