Amna Khalid: Courses

Hist 100 Medicine and Disease in the Modern World A&I seminar. One of the many dimensions of globalization is the spread and exchange of pathogens. The recent scare of a swine flu pandemic and the outbreak of SARS in 2008 are reminders of the growing difficulties in containing infectious diseases. Using specific diseases as case studies, this course looks at the politics of disease prevention and examines how the disease landscape of the world has developed from 1500 to present, the role of Western medicine in the process of colonization/globalization, the construction of race and social control. Disease case studies will include smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, plague and AIDS.

Hist 161 History of Modern India:  A survey of the modern history of the Indian sub-continent from the establishment of the Mughal Court in North India (1525 AD) till the formation of the Republic of India (1947 AD), including the regional states, the British East India Company, British colonial rule and the rise of nationalism. Students will be asked to consider the differences between the early modern and colonial periods, and the empires of the subcontinent.

Hist 167 History of Modern South Asia: Examines the history of South Asia from 1947 to the present. Will explore forms of government, types of economies, art and culture, and examine the role of religions in South Asian societies, including Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Topics covered will include political violence and non-violence, the rise of communalism, conceptions of masculinity and femininity, caste class, and uses of national history.

Hist 259 Women in South Asia:  Histories, Narratives and Representation: Survey historical institutions, practices and traditions that defined the position of women in India. Examine the laws and religious traditions related to women in South Asia - marriage, inheritance, sati and purdah. Also consider the role and position of European women in India. Readings include stories and memoirs from colonial and post-colonial periods. Representations of both European and Indian women in cinema will also be examined. The purpose of the course is to understand women in India as both the object and subject of history.

Hist 268 The Indian Ocean World in the Age of European Expansion: Five years after Columbus's voyage to the New World, Vasco da Gama navigated his way to the real Indies. The advent of Europeans in the Indian Ocean had a gradual but significant impact on trade and the balance of power in the Indian Ocean world. Examine how the growing influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British influenced not only trading patterns but also the interactions between the littoral regions and communities. Topics covered include commodities and markets; slavery, forced labor and pilgrims; diasporic communities and the challenges of assimilation; and port cities as disease frontiers.


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