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HI354F: THE EMPIRE IN THE 'ORIENT': THE BRITISH IN ASIA, 1600-1858 (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:33


Course Overview

This course examines English and, after 1707, British imperial interests in Asia. It explores the evolution of the English East India Company's 'commercial empire' in Asia. After 1750 the Company began acquiring territorial interests in India and these, together with contacts in the Persian Gulf, Indonesia and china, are traced. The political repercussions of this 'crisis in expansion' are explored, as are efforts at reforming Indian society. The final theme is the 1857 'Mutiny', an event which revealed the considerable strengths and weaknesses of Britain's empire in Asia. For further information please see course guide.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Andrew MacKillop

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course examines the development of English and, after 1707, British imperial interests in Asia. The approach is both chronological and thematic. It begins by charting the evolution of the English East India Company's mercantile operations in Asia and the development of what contemporaries believed to be a new, virtuous form of commercial empire. After 1750 the Company suddenly and unexpectedly began acquiring substantial territorial interests in India and these, together with rapidly evolving commercial contacts in the Persian Gulf, Indonesia and China, are discussed. The political and ideological repercussions of the crisis in expansion will be explored, as will be the important role of the Scots and the Irish. The final decades of the Company's power in India after the loss of its commercial monopoly in 1813 are charted, as are British efforts at reforming Indian society. The final theme is the 1857 Mutiny, the single most violent indigenous reaction to British rule, an event which revealed the considerable strengths and weaknesses of Britain's empire in Asia.

Further Information & Notes

This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 x 5,000 word Essay (50%), 1 x 1,500 word Review on a contemporary source (20%), 1 x 1,500 word Report on class presentation (20%), Class Participation (including attendance) (10%)

NB: 4th year students will also chair a seminar.

 

Resit: 5,000 word essay (50%); 1,500 review on contemporary source (25%); 1,500 word report in lieu of class presentation (25%).
All pieces of resit work must be on new subject matter.

Formative Assessment

Students will undertake a 15-20 minute presentation on a specific topic and receive feedback from the co-ordinator and fellow students on matters of analytical, structure and clarity. These points will be incorporated into the final written report on the presentation.

Feedback

Feedback is provided through one-to-one meetings for planning of class presentations, source reviews and essays. Submissions are staggered to ensure formal written feedback is acquired by the half way mark and the adjustment of effort for the summative essay.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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