ASST 117 Fall 2014 Bombay/Mumbai: Making of a Modern Metropolis (W)

Cross Listed as INST117, HIST117
Bombay or Mumbai is India's foremost urban center and is well known today as a truly global city. It is the heart of India's commercial life comparable in vibrancy and multiculturalism with the world's emerging cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. What are the historical elements that contributed to the making of India's most modern and global metropolis? What are the antecedents of the modernity, the vibrant culture, dark underbelly and economic diversity that characterize Bombay today? What does the history of Bombay tell us about modernity in India and the emerging countries of the third world in general? This seminar will help students to answer these questions through historical materials on Bombay as well a wide range of multimedia sources including cinema, photography and literature. With a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, we will explore themes like the commercial culture of a colonial port city, the modern public sphere, theatre and film, labor migration, public health and prostitution to understand what went into the making of this modern metropolis. The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of historical sources and ways of interpreting them. The other objective is facilitating their understanding of the history of modern India through the history of its most important city.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, weekly journal of notes on the readings; three short essays (5-6 pages); final research paper based on primary sources (10-12 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 1138
ASST 117 - 01 (F) SEM Bombay/Mumbai:Modrn Metropolis (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Aparna Kapadia
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 241 1138
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