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Kennedy PS 282 Fall 2011 T 3:30-6:00 C 316 5453 email@example.com GANDHI (Revised September 27) Readings: Stanley Wolpert, Gandhi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi (OUP, 2001). Judith Brown and Anthony Parel eds., The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi (Cambridge, 2011). Mohandas Gandhi, Gandhi: An Autobiography Mahadev Desai trans. (Beacon, 1993). Stanley Wolpert, A New History of India (OUP, any edition) [recommended]. Handouts Evaluation: Participation 20% Individual Paper 30% Group project 30% Test 20% Participation: Students are expected to attend classes prepared to discuss relevant material and to discuss group projects. Individual Papers can range over any topic relevant to the political thought or method of Gandhi. They may also deal with an empirical application of his method. Topics may also deal with related issues including ethnonationalism, South Asian politics, and so forth. In any case, however, topics must be pre-approved by the instructor. It is expected that such papers will constitute significant research endeavors. Papers should follow normal rules of documentation. Final drafts are due on December 17. Group Projects will consist of the formulation and to the extent possible the implementation of a Gandhi-like campaign to affect policy change. Targets and goals of such change must be appropriate. Methods must not contradict Gandhian principles. Group projects must be approved by the instructor. Groups will provide project updates to, and elicit support from, classmates throughout the term. The final written components of the group project will be due on December 1. Projects must be joint efforts made by two or more students. Group projects will be evaluated collectively. COURSE OUTLINE AND READINGS September 6 – Introductions; The Scope and Method of Group Projects September 13 – Gandhi’s Early Life and Experiences in South Africa Wolpert, Passion, pp. 3-81; Autobiography Parts I-III; Yasmin Khan and Jonathan Hyslop, Companion, pp. 11-50. September 20 – Discuss “Gandhi” (Attenborough film) Part One; Organize Groups Watch Part One “Gandhi”. September 27 – Hind Swaraj Hind Swaraj [online] Tridip Suhrud, pp. 71-92; Thomas Weber, pp. 135-153; and Anthony Parel, pp. 154-172 in Companion. October 4 – Developing Satyagraha Satyagraha in South Africa (recommended) [online] Wolpert, pp. 115-143 Ronald Terchek in Companion, pp. 117-134. October 11 -- Colonial Rule and Indian Nationalism Wolpert, History, chapters 17-22 [recommended] October 18 – Gandhi’s Return to India Wolpert, pp. 82-114; Autobiography Parts IV-V Brown in Companion, pp. 51-68. October 25 – Discuss “Gandhi” (film) Part Two Watch Part Two “Gandhi” Harish Trivedi, Companion, pp. 199-218. November 1 – Salt March Wolpert, pp. 144-164 Dalton “Salt March” (handout). November 8 – Second World War and Partition Wolpert, pp. 165-256 Dalton “Calcutta“ (handout) Tanika Sarkar, Companion, pp. 173-195. November 15 – Test and Discussion of Individual Papers (informal) November 29 – Gandhi’s Legacy Wolpert, pp. 257-268 Dalton “MLK and Malcolm X” (handout) Anthony Parel, pp. 219-238; David Hardiman, pp. 239-257 in Companion. December 1 (Thursday) – Final Group Project presentations Written reports due. December 6 – Paper discussions (roundtable) December 17 – Individual papers due NB. Owing in part to Gandhi’s aversion to inappropriate technology, PS 282 is a laptop and smart phone free environment. Also, in the unlikely event that WFU suffers from a natural or man-made disaster (including but not limited to pandemic(s), terrorism, war, earthquake, tsunami) and is thus forced to cease operations and/or interrupt or cancel this course please check your email to see how we will proceed with the remainder of the course. That is, when I figure out what to do, I’ll send you each an email. It is very likely that in any case you will not receive any refund of tuition monies or fees from WFU.
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