HI6019 - British India, 1757-1857

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how scholars have understood and represented the transformation of British rule in India from Clive of India’s victory at Plassey in 1757 to the Indian ‘Mutiny’ of 1857. While the module considers the major political transformations between these years—notably the emergence of the East India Company as a tax-gathering, sovereign ruler of territory—it also attends to changes in the spheres of cultural and social history, notably British perceptions of Indians, the transformation of home life in British India, and inter-racial relations. The nature and extent of these transformations has, of course, generated considerable (and often angry) disagreement among historians. The module will give you a sophisticated understanding of the oftentimes heated historiographical debates which have been generated by old questions about—for example—the nature of British rule, the relationship between Britons and non-Europeans, and the origins of the great event of the mid-nineteenth century, the 1857 ‘Mutiny’. You will assess how British and Company rule came about and what the long-term legacies of empire in India were. You will also be asked to do assessments that will equip you to think critically about academic literature, primary sources and historical interpretation.

How will I learn on this module?

One-hour lectures will present core concepts and background information relating to the eleven seminar themes. These lectures will also introduce the key questions and historiographical debates that surround that theme. You will be expected to prepare for weekly two-hour seminars by reading the essential reading (usually two chapters or journal articles) and the primary sources that will be discussed each week (each seminar theme is accompanied by three primary sources). In the seminars you will develop your knowledge of the material and literature through class discussions and small group work. You will also be asked to give presentations and lead short seminar discussions. These exercises are designed to develop your confidence and analytical skills; they are also intended to prepare you for the three written assessments for the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors and programme leaders. Seminars and pre- and post-assessment tutorials will allow specific issues to be addressed and for students to develop their confidence with, and knowledge of, the module material. The module tutor can be accessed through office hours, email correspondence and specially-timetabled tutorials. Your peers will be expected to provide you with a collaborative learning environment. An e-learning portal and electronic reading list will provide all essential readings and other course materials, such as lecture power-point slides, seminar handouts, and primary sources.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of the social, cultural and political history of British involvement in India between 1757 and 1857
2. Exhibit a sophisticated understanding of the key transformations in British rule in this period, and an enhanced awareness of why interpretations have varied and generated controversy.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Have an ability to read, understand and analyse primary and secondary sources and place them within their wider historical and historiographical context.
4. Demonstrate an ability to use a range of primary and secondary sources to develop sophisticated arguments via essay and source exercises.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the damaging legacies of European colonialism and the need to work sensitively and constructively in multi-cultural environments.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge of British India, as well as your ability to critically discuss historiographical controversies and debates, will be tested in 2 x 1,250-word primary source commentaries, and 1 x 2,500-word essay. The assessments, set by the tutor, will span the breadth of the modules’ coverage.

You will have the chance to present your ideas in classroom discussion, and you will receive formative feedback from your tutor in seminar discussions and tutorial sessions. Your classroom interaction with your peers – both in larger discussions and small group work – will help you to enrich your understanding of British colonialism. Feedback on your first summative assessment will allow you to improve on later ones.





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UCAS Code QV31

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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