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MO4949   Modern India: From Empire to Republic (1917 - 1950)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the Second Year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: See

India was central to the British imperial system and represented the first seminal case in which a subject peoples raised and pressed the case for significant self-government. This module considers the nature of this challenge and the political and popular response it evoked through the critical decades of the twentieth century till the granting of Independence and Partition in 1947 and culminating in the formative years of the newly independent India, 1947-1950. Several interrelated issues including constitutional devolution, the problem of minorities, princely India and the Raj, communications and media, challenges facing the new Republic, etc., will be examined. As such the course will contribute towards an in-depth analysis of attitudes to 'the problem of empire' in the climactic years after the end of the First World War and the battle of ideas and interests which constituted the debate over India's - and by implication, the Empire's future.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Kaul