Gandhi and India

Ref: C2225288

The course will start by briefly examining the history and practices of the British Raj in India . It will examine aspects of the opposition from various groups to British rule notably the First War of independence or Indian Mutiny of 1857 and then creation and subsequent development of the Indian Congress Party from 1885. It will then examine Gandhi's life looking at his background, education, and political development. Finally the course will turn to the period from 1919 to 1947 and examine Gandhi's role in the achievement of Indian Independence and the reasons for his assassination in 1948.

Course aim

This course will examine Gandhi's life and achievements in the context of British rule, the development of Indian nationalism, and the struggle for Indian independence.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the events of the period in a chronological sequence
  • Discuss how events and their significance can be seen in different ways according to personal and group perspectives
  • Assess the relative importance of different explanations of the 'past'. depending on the historical approaches which dictate how information is organised
  • Explain the rationale for their own explanations of the past in a logical way

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Any prior reading that you can undertake prior to the course on modern Indian history will help you to understand the course more effectively

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Suggested Reading: French, Patrick, Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division (London: Harper Collins, 1997) James, Lawrence, Raj : The Making and Unmaking of British India (London: Little, Brown and Company, 1997).

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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