Britain and India 2: The Royal Raj (1857 - 1947)

Ref: C2225529

The British Raj 1857-1947 will examine the events of the' Mutiny', government reform under British rule leading to the declaration of the Indian Empire, the development of trade and industry, India as a ‘sub empire’ and its relationship with its neighbours; the growth of Indian nationalism and resistance; Indian involvement in the First Word War ; government reforms; Gandhi and Passive resistance, the Second World War and the INA; and handover and partition The aim of the course is to examine how intelligence was used by the British and colonial governments during decolonization.

Course aim

The British Raj 1857-1947 will examine Anglo-Indian relations from the ‘Rebellion’ in 1857 to Independence in 1947.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the events of the period in 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 into an argument.
  • Explain the rationale for my own understanding 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
  • Additional reading is always useful

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

  • James, Lawrence, Raj : The Making and Unmaking of British India (London: Little, Brown and Company, 1997). Wilson, Jon, India Conquered: Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire (London: Simon and Schuster, 2016)

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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Britain and India 2: The Royal Raj (1857 - 1947)

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