A History of India

Ref: C2342818

This course will carefully consider the emergence of "classical" Indian civilisation and its extent. We will begin with a consideration of the fundamental doctrines and character of The Buddha, considering his importance for the later history of India and the world, before also examining some of the historical conundrums posed by his legacy in the classical era. We will go on to analyse the further establishment and growth of the Empire of Magadha and its subsequent development by the Nanda dynasty. We will then go on to look in greater detail at the later career of Alexander the Great and his invasion of northern India, in order to evaluate his impact upon Indian society in general. We will make some assessment of the scope of his conquests and later ambitions, whilst looking at key events that shaped not only his interaction with India but his own life as well. We will conclude with some insights into the emergence of the Mauryan Empire in the aftermath of Alexander's death.

Course aim

The emergence of "classical" Indian civilisation is powerful story of empires, commerce and rivalry that dramatically produced one of the most sophisticated cultures in the ancient world. This course will chart the rise of that phenomenon.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • State at least 2 key elements of early Buddhist teaching
  • Describe key features of dynastic succession in the Empire of Magadha
  • Give examples of the nature of Alexander the Great's incursion into the Indian world
  • Analyse and list at least 2 consequences of the career of Alexander the Great in the Middle East & India

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • "Ancient India" EJ Rapson, Chios Classics "India: A History" John Keay, Harper Press "The Story of India" Michael Wood, BBC Books

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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A History of India

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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