The History Honours syllabus under the 1+1+1 syllabus consists of eight papers to be covered in three academic years. The last batch of students under the 1+1+1 system is due to pass out in the year 2020. Under the old syllabus, the Honours curriculum is divided in two parts – Indian history and History of the World. Papers on History of India cover period from Pre–history to Nehruvian era (1964). The span of the syllabus of the Eurocentric World history is from the fall of Feudal Society (Rise of early Modern Europe) to the end of Cold War. It also includes the history of Far East countries.
Under the newly introduced CBCS from the year 2018 the Three years B.A. Honours in History will comprise 6 Semesters. The curriculum will consist of 14 Core Courses (CC), 4 Discipline Specific Elective (DSC ) Courses, 2 Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC), 2 Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). Each Course of 100 marks. Attendance : 10 marks per paper, Internal Assessment : 10 marks per paper. The syllabus is framed to redefine the curriculum keeping pace with the new research in the field.
Sm. Mousumi Mukherjee, M.A.
Sri Santanu Banerjee, M.A., M. Phil
Dr. Anamitra Sarkar, M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D.
Dr. Sutapa Rani Dasgupta, M.A., Ph.D. (In-charge of the Department)
After successful completion of the course B.A. Honours in History a student is expected to emerge with the following knowledge and skills.
Program Outcomes (PO)
Critical Thinking: Helps that developing an analytical understanding. Looking at different perspectives and ideas can come to a decision. Will have the ability to evaluate competing interpretations and multiple narratives of the past. Distinguish primary and secondary sources.
Effective Citizenship: Ability to act with an informed awareness of issues and participate in the development of nation. Recognize different value systems, understand the moral dimensions and act accordingly to build a bias free social order.
Ethics and Life Long Learning: Gives the ability to develop practical skills to understand the present condition.
Through completion of a combination of courses, become familiar with theoretical history of mankind as well as the history of the past present of different corners of the world. Studying history as a major will guide the students to get insight into the transnational or transcultural circulations of ideas, people, and material goods. Will get to know of one or more national histories and learn a basic narrative of historical events in a specific region of the world.
Program Specific Outcomes (PSO)
Understanding of History – Analyse relationship between the past and present presented in the History. Historians interact with available materials in his disposal to form a coherent as well as logical reasoning and interpretation of the past.
To develop practical skills helpful in the study and activities related to the historical events.
Understand the background of our society and administration of India. History alone can provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing our knowledge of a vastly diverse political, social and cultural heritage represented by India.
Our study expands beyond India in order to embrace an understanding of the existing social, political, religious and economic conditions of the people across the continents. To observe how nations developed through a long struggle of both political, spiritual, cultural and economic nature. The rich history of Renaissance which has since then inspired an intellectual transformation of Europe and the world.
To develop interest in the study of history and activities related to the history through which students can appreciate the immense importance of studying History.
Course Outcomes (CO)
Understand the prehistoric period and survey the archaeological sources that lie behind our understanding of the earliest civilizations significantly the Harappa civilization. The beginning of the Vedic and later Vedic age, the second urbanization and the empire under the Mauryas. We study the rise of new religion with new changes in social formations. The changing political scenario with the advent of the Greeks the Kushans, and several dynasties until the advent of the great Gupta dynasty. ( Prehistoric period to 4th century AD).
We study the rise of territorial states, along with the changing social and economic structure of the country which is dealt through the Feudalism debate. We study the several small kingdoms; Harshavardhan, Sasanka, Cholas, Kakatiyas, Pallavas in the early medieval period. We study their contribution towards culture, literature, trade, maritime activities. The political changes coming with the advent of the Arabs and Turks in India. (4th century to 11th century).
The study of Delhi Sultanate, along with rise of powerful rival states such as the kingdom of Vijaynagar. The age is rich with accounts of foreign travelers, through whom we study the polity, society, economy and the religious revivalism during the Sultanate period. (1206-1556)
The later Medieval period is marked by the ascendancy of the Mughals and the changing polity, society, culture and economy under them. (16th century- 18th century).
Transitional period in Europe which traces the beginning of modern Europe from the ruins of the Holy Roman Empire.
Understanding the Far East -China and Japan which bring out the contrasting histories of the two nations, their interactions with the colonial powers and their eventual development as powerful nations.
India under the colonial rule- Impact of colonialism on polity, economy and society.
Understanding Nationalism and the anti-colonial movements.
Aware about ideas and movements.(1919-1947)
Understand the French Revolution, States of Italy and Germany
To know about the foreign policy of Germany, Triple Alliance, Triple Entente 1907 and the First World War-causes and effect.
Understanding the Russian Revolution (1917), League of Nation, Risk of Fascism and Nazism.
Aware about Second World War, United Nations Organisation.
The study of the post World war- The Cold War, Military Alliances, The Afro-Asian Nationalism, The Middle East The Non-aligned Movement
To understand the different facets of heritage and their significance, legal and institutional frameworks for heritage protection in India as also the challenges facing it.
To introduce students to Indian art, from ancient to contemporary times, in order to understand and appreciate its diversity and its aesthetic richness and to understand art as a medium of cultural expression.
Examines some popular cultures expressed in different mediums like visual, oral and cultural with special reference to India.
To introduce students to the institutions that house and maintain documentary, visual and material remains of the past such as Museums and archives