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HISA 1501: Free Speech and Blasphemy in South Asian History
A seminar course, major topics include debates on a free press and legislation to curb hate speech in colonial India, and the renewed vigor of laws restricting free speech in contemporary India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. We will read a range of sources: court judgments, selections from famous trials, memoirs, and works of fiction and non-fiction that were banned.
Course requirements include active participation in discussions (30%); weekly one-page position papers (30%); one in-class presentation (10%) and one final essay of 10 pages (30%). This course fulfills the second writing and non-Western and historical perspective requirements.
HISA 2003: History of Modern India
A survey course, major topics include conflict and accommodation in the Indo-Islamic world; change and continuity under colonial rule; competing ideas on the shape and substance of a new India; and the Partition of the subcontinent in 1947. This course is the first of a two-semester sequence: in the spring we will focus on Twentieth Century South Asia.
Course requirements include active participation in discussion sections (20%); a book review (20%); a midterm exam (20%); and a final exam (40%). This course fulfills the non-Western and historical perspective requirements.