Sophomore Seminar: Gandhi|
|Certificates: South Asian Studies|
Mohandas K. Gandhi's life has been the subject of enormous historical, philosophical, and artistic reflection. In this sophomore seminar, we will seek to understand the man himself, his transition from Mohandas to Mahatma, and the history that surrounded him. We will learn in the process about the historian's craft, including how to find sources, use a library, and make an argument.
Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Interpretation
Designing, Creating, Realizing: Students will, with the help of the instructor, conceive of, design, and execute a research project based on primary sources and informed by the relevant historiography. The production of this project will be divided into discrete phases, which themselves will be put under the microscope so as to allow students to examine the work of historical scholarship as an object lesson.
Interpretation: A major goal of the course is to introduce students to the problems and opportunities posed by historical evidence. How do we find evidence, and how to best interpret it? A second goal is to introduce students to the different ways historians have approached the past, how their approaches reflect and inform their contemporary circumstances, how historians build on the work of others, and the theories and methods that historians employ.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Gandhi, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, OR THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH
Nandy, INTIMATE ENEMY
Amin, EVENT, METAPHOR, MEMORY
Metcalf, IMPERIAL CONNECTIONS: INDIA IN THE INDIAN OCEAN ARENA, 1860-1920
von Tunzelmann, INDIAN SUMMER
Markovits, UNGANDHIAN GANDHI
(other readings TBA, including journal articles online and selections from COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI in Olin Library)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Presentations, active seminar involvement, two short papers, and a long research essay based on primary sources and shaped by an understanding of the relevant secondary sources.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Absences are noted. Late work is penalized at the rate of one letter grade per day.
This course counts toward the South Asia Studies certificate as a "Historical Inquiry" course.
|Instructor(s): Pinch,William R. Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC422; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 16||FR: 0|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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