History of India and South Asia Region

Course Number: HST 105
Transcript Title: Hist of India & S. Asia Region
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Introduces the history of India and the South Asian region. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious, and cultural themes from pre-history to modern times.  Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Interpret and articulate an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of South Asia.
  2. Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  5. Connect the past with present day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
  6. Recognize the different groups that have interacted in South Asia in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to the modern world.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion.

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and skills

  • Identify the characteristics of South Asian civilization
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of South Asian civilization
  • Appraise how civilization changed over time
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect past and present

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Early Indus civilizations
  • Aryan migrations
  • Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism
  • Mauryan Empire
  • Gupta Dynasty and Classical Indian Culture
  • Islamic Invasions and Influence
    • Delhi Sultanate
    • Sikhism
  • Mughal Empire and rulers
  • Initial European contacts
  • East India Company
  • British Raj
  • Evolution of Indian Nationalism and British response
  • Gandhi
  • Impact of World Wars
  • Independence
  • Partition
    • Jinnah
    • Pakistan
    • Kashmir
  • Post-Independence
    • Nehru
    • Indira Gandhi
    • Bangladesh
    • Nuclear proliferation
  • Current Issues
  • Modernization
  • Globalization

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Gender
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  • Gender
  • Diversity