The West and the World

Discipline: History
Instructor: Wagner
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 6 - Thursday, 3 March | India Download Syllabus

This course is designed to introduce students to a critical, interdisciplinary explanation of the interaction of the West and the World from the 15th century until present. The focus will be on Western imperialism and non-western resistance in the regions of the Spring 2016 itinerary. The course has three components. First, we will study different theories of imperialism and post colonialism. Second, the class surveys major causes for the rise of the West. Third, we will cut across disciplines when we examine the role of European and non-European actors in the dynamics of global dominance. In our critical analysis of imperial expansion and patterns of active and passive resistance we will compare and contrast Western and non-Western perspectives and pay special attention to key questions and historiographical debates surrounding major themes.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 6 - Thursday, 3 March

The world’s largest democracy has been heralded for rapid economic growth and technological innovation and is emerging as a burgeoning geopolitical giant. It continues to be plagued by poverty, illiteracy, inequality and religious conflict.
Students will be able to test the knowledge acquired in the classroom in a meeting with the Regional Editor and Senior Staff of the Times of India in Cochin.
A visit to the world’s largest spice market will inform them about the significance of the spice trade for economic development in India.

Academic Objectives:
1. Preparation in the classroom: India’s economic and political development in historical and comparative perspective is covered in lectures, readings and discussions prior to arrival.
2. The meeting in Cochin with the regional editor and senior staff of the Times of India in Cochin will allow students to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to the situation on the ground and to compare India to other countries.
3. The visit to the Spice Market allows students to understand the significance of the spice trade in economic development in India.