AP/HIST3797 3.0 M: India in the Twentieth Century

Offered by: HIST


Winter 2025






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

Examines the history of India in the 20th century, including British colonial rule, the Independence movement, Partition, and the development of the Republic of India since 1948. Course credit exclusion: AP/HIST 3795 6.00.

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    Expanded Course Description

This course explores major developments in colonial and postcolonial India through the 20th century. It traces the impact of British colonial rule, the intensification of nationalist and anti-colonial mobilizations, the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and India’s postcolonial trajectories. Some of the themes addressed in this course include, administrative and political structures under colonialism; popular politics and nationalist protests; communal movements; gender and nationalism; urbanization, planning and governance; postcolonial nation building; and caste, religion and democratic politics.

    Required Course Text / Readings


Barbara D. Metcalf, and Thomas R. Metcalf. A concise history of modern India, 3rd edition, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Digital copies available at Scott Library

    Weighting of Course

*TENTATIVE Grade Breakdown*

Class Participation and Attendance: 20%

In-class quiz:  10%

Midterm exam: 20%

Written Assignment: 20%

Final exam (to be scheduled during the official exam period): 30%

    Organization of the Course

This is a weekly, in-person class. Each session will consist of a lecture, class discussion and smaller group activities. Students are expected to come to class with the assigned readings completed and prepared to engage in class discussions.

    Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course students will:

  • Develop an understanding of major developments, actors and concepts in 20th century Indian history.
  • Learn how to critically assess secondary literature.
  • Learn how to read and interpret primary sources in order to engage with historiographical claims.
  • Acquire skills in communication through oral and written assignments
  • Gain skills in scholarly writing and in developing coherent lines of argument.
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