Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Most commonly South Asian women are seen as victims: of rape, honour killings and forced marriages. However India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have all been led, at some time in recent history, by women. Both readings are accurate to a degree and have deep roots in the colonial past before 1947 and in the recent history of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This module will study a series of sites where sexuality has been constructed, defined, changed and debated in the Indian sub-continent before independence. Examples of such sites include the court room, the corridors of power, the factory, the harem and the cantonment. This module will help us to understand better the ways in which female identity has been constructed and challenged since the 18th century.
- To introduce students to key themes relating to the changing position of women in South Asian society, and the different impacts of colonialism, nationalism and post-colonial developments on their status and lived experience;- To introduce students to transgender and queer histories of South Asia;- To develop students' analysis of the intellectual influences of postcolonial, subaltern and feminist theory on the history of sexual conflict in South Asia;- To develop an understanding of the relationship between race, class, caste, religion and gender;- To develop an understanding of the wider significance of gender and sexuality in South Asian history.
Intended Learning Outcomes
recognise and explain changes in sexual and gender identity in colonial India: 1,2evaluate the relationship between race, class, caste, religion and gender: 1,2appreciate the insights that non-Western histories offer to challenge conventional approaches to the history of sexuality and gender: 1,2relate case studies and examples of historical change to each other and to broader thematic issues of colonial and postcolonial South Asian society: 1,2distinguish between and critically evaluate different academic interpretations and explanations for the events being studied, including from other disciplines other than history: 1,2develop the capacity for independent thought and communicate such thoughts clearly and effectively through written assessment: 2engage critically with postcolonial, subaltern and feminist histories of sexual conflict in South Asia: 1,2
12 x 2-hour seminars = 2412 x 1-hour writing and co-creating workshops = 1250 hours seminar preparation64 hours research and writing and/or creating assessment submission
1: Commentary weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Choice of 10 minute lecture/ academic poster /commentaryStudents will be required to analyse a primary source or film or novel and present their findings either in a 10 minute recorded lecture or an academic poster or a 1500 word commentary.2: Essay weighted 50%
1500 word essayStudents will be working on writing in workshops throughout the module. One of these exercises will be developed into a 1500 word essay.