This module will address key epistemological issues in the study of contemporary India. It will look at traditions of knowledge production within different disciplinary formations, particularly History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and the History of Science and Technology. It is a critical part of the preparation students will receive in designing the framework and analytical approaches to be adopted in their extended dissertation. Subjects to be covered may include: the colonial production of knowledge; historiography in postcolonial India; approaches to understanding Indian society (including structuralism and post-structuralism); rational actor theory and institutionalist theories as approaches to understanding politics.
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1 x 4,000 word essay