Advanced introduction to precolonial architecture and urbanism of South Asia. Using methodologies of culture studies, examines select Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic case studies on a comparative genealogy.
Students can expect to go away with a reasonably advanced introduction to architecture of South Asia, beginning with the Indus Valley Civilization (2500BCE) and ending with the Mughal empire (c. 1700CE.) The bulk of the course, however, will be devoted to the Hindu and Buddhist architecture of South Asia, with some exploration of the connections between India’s architecture and culture with China and South East Asia.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will be conducted as a participatory seminar. Heavily illustrated instructor presentations will be punctuated with student led discussions. Required texts: Romila Thapar: Early India,and Takeo Kamiya A Guide to the Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent.
Overview of the general history of India. An interest in Indian culture and civilization. Watch a few Bollywood films.
Class assignments and grading
A series of short assignments and a final paper will be required. The course can also be taken for “W” credit with special arrangement.
Class participaton, written assignments.