This course is compulsory for students of BA Hons. History and is elective for other SUS students. The course is designed to help students understand structures and dynamics of the 'medieval' and 'early modern' world (c. 500 - 1700 C.E.) by focusing on relations among societies and civilizations rather than on the evidently 'separated' aspects of those societies across time. Attention is drawn towards phenomena such as human migration, cultural (including religious) movements, disease experiences, technological diffusions and patterns of economic activity that spanned regions or several parts of the globe. The collapse of the Roman empire 300 - 500 C.E. (and its neighbor the Sasanian empire), the emergence and expansion of Islamic polities to c. 1200 C.E., the Crusades of European to the Holy Land, European colonizations of the Americas 1500 - 1700 C.E., interactions within Eurasia and Africa during the same period and the European wars of Reformation and Counter-Reformation will be examined. The course acquaints students with world or global history not as a sum of regional or national histories but rather as 'connected histories'.
- Teacher: Denys P Leighton
This course is meant to introduce the creative practices to first year undergraduate students in the context of the historical evolution of cultural practices. While the course is restrained in terms of the philosophical depths to which questions about culture and creative expressions can reach, it will offer some provocative insights into such explorations through carefully chosen exhibits, reading material and lectures. The primary aim is to help students re-imagine the role of creative expressions as foundational to human civilization rather than as supplementary to other areas of material progress.
- Teacher: Benil Biswas
is designed to enhance undergraduate student's ability to read, write, speak and listen
- Teacher: Shiv Kumar
is an inter-disciplinary course that will address the crises faced by conventional disciplines in addressing the problem of change. The collapse of a bipolar world in the 1990s meant a gradual disappearance of the image of man and its doubles in which the social sciences and humanities discussed its mainstreams of knowledge. Disciplines like Political Science and Sociology have come to be challenged by more indigenous terms with respect to access to economic resources, political power, prestige etc. The dismantling of ideology from the understanding of Social Sciences has made it imminent for all disciplines to reflect on sources of non-European forms of politics.
- Teacher: Cybil K Vinodan