Joseph Hoffmann. "Main Gate of the Gwalior Fort" 1898
LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE



HIST 259

Prof. David Campion





James Atkinson, "Bolan Pass, Northwest Frontier" 1842

MAIN PAGE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES ASSIGNMENTS MAP EXERCISE INDIAN HISTORY ONLINE FILM LIST

COURSE REQUIREMENTS


ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

The study of pre-modern India can be a fascinating exercise, but for this to happen it will require some effort. This means regular and punctual classroom attendance and consistent adherence to the schedule of assigned readings to keep up with the pace of the lectures and discussions. If you must miss a class, you are required to notify the instructor in advance and in writing. Any unexcused absence after the first two will reduce your final grade by one third of a letter grade. Two late arrivals count as one absence. Being unprepared for class discussion will also count as an unexcused absence. Students are always encouraged to ask questions in the lectures and during office hours, and to go beyond the minimum course requirements as their imagination and intellect lead them. Your preparation and active participation is vital to the success of this course.



MAP EXERCISE

In order to achieve some sense of the geographical contours over which the history of medieval and early modern India has unfolded, students will complete a take-home map exercise. This assignment will give an appreciation of the topography, distances, cities, states, and boundaries of the various empires of India. In this exercise, students are allowed to work together.


RESPONSE PAPERS

During the semester, students will be expected to write at least five 2-page response papers on the readings for the course.


RESEARCH PROJECT

Each student will complete a 10-12 page research essay on a topic of his or her choice making significant use of primary sources.


EXAMINATIONS

There will be in-class midterm and final examinations comprised of short identifications and essays. The final examination is cumulative.


Assignments must be submitted on time. Unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is obtained in advance, assignments will be reduced by one third of a letter grade for each day they are late. After five days, an assignment will not be accepted.

The Lewis & Clark College
Policy on Academic Integrity is applicable to all assignments and examinations in this course. Any instances of cheating or plagiarism, however slight, on any assignment or examination will result automatically in a failing grade for the course and referral to the College Honor Board for further disciplinary action.


METHOD OF EVALUATION

Participation in discussion (15%)
Map exercise (5%)
Response papers (20%)
Midterm examination (10%)
Research project (30%)
Final examination (20%)

Note: If you have a disability that may affect your academic performance, you may request accommodations by submitting documentation to Student Support Services and that office will notify the instructor of the accommodation for which you are eligible.




REQUIRED READINGS
(Available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark Bookstore)

Ainslee Embree (ed.), Sources of Indian Tradition, Vol. I (2nd edition)
Catherine Asher and Cynthia Talbot, India Before Europe
Romila Thapar, A History of India, Vol. I



Bada Bagh Cenotaphs outside of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Created by campion@lclark.edu | Updated May 2016