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This course emphasises the human/animal relationship as a primary factor in the environmental history of India. It focusses particularly on the environmental factors of disease, climate and health among both humans and animals in the shaping of India's history from ancient to modern times.
An exciting new course exploring the relationships between humans and animals in making India’s history.The overall aim of the course it to provide students with a fascinating and challenging introduction to the ecological history of India, particularly the role of the human/animal relationship in shaping India’s history, and to develop skills needed for further historical study, further inter-disciplinary research into environmental, human/animal and ecological history and transfer into the work environment.Image: Elephant and mahout from the Princely States on parade as part of the Delhi Durbar, 1903. (British Library)
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:Communicate insights into the historiography of environmental change in India and relate India’s history to other global historiographical work.Discuss the contribution of human/animal relationships in the development of political structures including empires, kingdoms and colonies in IndiaDiscuss class and caste as factors affecting human experience of and engagement with the Indian environment.Discuss the human/animal relationship as fundamental to the construction of caste and class hierarchy in Indian history.Analyse and discuss appropriate primary and secondary sources, including historiographical debates.Demonstrate historical insights into Indian environmental history in both written and oral form.The student 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 30 points at 200 level from HIST, orany 60 points at 200 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.
Course Text: 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 $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* 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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