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This course considers the way humans have historically interacted with the land, water, plant and animal life in the Indian sub-continent and how these interactions shaped and were shaped by human kingdoms and empires from ancient to modern times.
This course offers a fascinating and challenging introduction to the study of some of the key issues in the environmental history of India. It develops skills needed for further study of the way human and environmental histories interrelate.Image: Composite Elephant, Mughal Period.
The overall aim of the course it to provide students with a fascinating and challenging introduction to the study of some of the key issues in the environmental history of India and to develop skills needed for further historical study, for further inter-disciplinary research into the relationships between people and the environment and for transfer into the work environment.On successful completion of the course students will be able to:Communicate insights into the history of environmental change in Indian history Discuss the contribution of human engagement with the environment to the development of political structures including empires, kingdoms and colonies in IndiaDiscuss the impact of environmental and political change on peasant and tribal communities in Indian history Discuss the role of human and animal relationships in the creation of elite and non-elite cultures in Indian historyAnalyse and discuss appropriate primary and secondary sources.Demonstrate historical insights into Indian environmental history in both written and oral form.Students will also have developed Generic/Transferable Skills including:The ability to analyse complex material from a variety of sources and to communicate the results verbally and in written form.The ability to both follow instruction and to work independentlyThe ability to engage appropriately with a range of people in small group discussion
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or CLAS120, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course Learn page for further details and updates.
Fisher, Michael H. An Environmental History of India: From Earliest Times to the Twenty-First Century. New Approaches to Asian History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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