2017 marked 70 years since British rule ended in South Asia and the newly formed independent states of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka came into existence. The long relationship with that part of the world and Britain began in the 18th century through trade which ultimately led to conquest. Popular food items such as chicken tikka and fashion symbols such as the Paisley print all emerge out of the long ties between South Asia and Britain. This course will provide students with an historical overview of the region and then look at the way in which South Asian society is organised. This will involve taking sociological concepts, such as class and gender and thinking about how the work in different contexts. Comparative thinking of this type involves making what is familiar exotic and what is strange, familiar.
Timing and CATS
This module will run in the Spring Term and is worth 15 CATS.