History Course

COURSE STRUCTURE:

Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy

Objectives: The aim of the M.Phil/Ph.D Programme in history is to train applicants for careers at the highest levels of the historical profession, such as college and university teaching and research. The Programme is aimed to impart research scholars the theories, methods and techniques of conducting historical research. It also introduces recurring themes and issues in historical writing in time and space which will be invaluable for understanding the multidisciplinary nature of an academic research. Special emphasis would be placed on recent trends in historical writings.

Structure: The M.Phil/Ph.D in history will comprise of two parts as follows: 

 

                                                    PART-I

Course Work

Hist-201-Research Methodology

Hist-202- Concepts and Approaches in History

Hist-203- Selected Themes in Contemporary Historical Writings

                                                   PART-II

Dissertation (for M.Phil Programme)

Duration

M.Phil Programme- Three semesters

(1st semester-Course Work; 2nd and 3rd semesters- Dissertation)

PhD Programme- One(1) semester Course Work and Thesis as per MZU guidelines.

           

Methods of Instruction: Classroom lectures, seminars, tutorials, book reviews, workshops, and fieldwork.

Course load: Ten hours per week

Duration

M.Phil Programme- Three semesters

(1st semester-Course Work; 2nd and 3rd semesters- Dissertation)

PhD Programme- One(1) semester Course Work and Thesis as per MZU guidelines.

           

Methods of Instruction: Classroom lectures, seminars, tutorials, book reviews, workshops, and fieldwork.

Course load: Ten hours per week

Methods of evaluation:

Part –A Internal

Total Marks for Course Work-300 Marks

Each course shall be evaluated for 100 marks with two components:

(i) Two(2) Seminars each carrying 20 marks

(ii) End semester examination- 60 marks

Part-B

Dissertation(M.Phil.)

Total Marks- 300(to be shared equally by the external and internal examiners).

For the PhD Programme, internal evaluation of Course Work and normal evaluation of PhD thesis will be done as per MZU regulations.

Hist- 201

Research Methodology

Objectives: This paper aims to acquaint the students with the basic methods and techniques of conducting Historical Research emphasizing on both qualitative and quantitative tools.  It will also deal with the methodology of writing the research thesis.

Unit 1

The raw materials : Specialist sources and skills, the written word, primary and secondary sources, narratives and memoirs, official papers and newspapers, literature as historical source material, Record sources: memos, minutes and official correspondence, the records of bureaucracy, Church records, local government and private firms, private papers, diaries, survival of sources, conservation and publication, archives, restrictions on access, unearthing source material.

Unit II

Using the sources: Different approaches to using source material, analyzing sources, authenticity, internal criticism, reliability, intention and prejudices of the writer, uses of bias, sources and their contexts, gaps in the record, officially published records, corroborating sources, hidden traces ,unwitting evidence,  analysis and compilation of statistical evidence, methodology and instinct.

Unit III

Memory and the spoken word: Collective memory, the role of oral tradition,the interpretation of oral tradition, national and local memory, anniversaries and collective memory, memories in stone, first-hand memories, the pedigree of oral history, the need for oral history, the voice of the people?, oral history and local history, the authentic past?, the pitfalls of oral history, the limitations of oral history, interpreting oral history, oral history as cultural memory.

Unit  IV

Conducting Quantitative Research

(i)  Survey Research

(ii)  Experimental Research

(iii) Nonreactive Research and Secondary Analysis

(iv) Analysis of Quantitative Data

Unit – V

Writing a Research Report

(i)   Qualitative Research Report

(ii)  Quantitative Research Report

(iii) Formats for references

(iv) Computer applications in Social Research

Hist-202- Concepts and Approaches in History

Unit I

Writing and interpretation: History as description, history as narrative, historical causes and consequences,  multilayered analysis, the strengths and weaknesses of analytical history, narrative and the social historian, academic monograph, the grand sweep of history, comparative history, qualities of a historian.

Unit II

History and social theory: The need for abstract theory, identifying the motor of historical change, seeking the meaning of history, the rejection of theory, safeguards against excessive theorizing, Is theory relevant to historical enquiry?, dangers of determinism, conservatism of historians, the need to generalize, history and individuals, lessons from social science, history and  Marxist theory.   

Unit III

Cultural evidence and the cultural turn: Art history, popular culture: pre-literate and modern, photography and film, writing cultural history, the Annales school: a historical psychology?, Freud and ‘psychohistory’, the psychology of the collective, objections to psychohistory, literary theory, linguistic discourse and the language of politics, the anthropology of mentality, the impact of the cultural turn, the benefits and limitations of the cultural agenda.

Unit IV 

Gender history: Women’s history, gender history and relations between the sexes, gender history and Marxist theory, gender and the cultural history of meaning, the cultural creation of gender, gender and the new polarities of power.

Unit V 

Postcolonial history: Postcolonialism: a new paradigm, theorists from the Third World and the West, race and racism, historians and postcolonialism, subaltern studies, problems and obstacl

Hist-203

Selected Themes in Contemporary Historical Writings

In this paper scholars will have to write two seminar papers which will be presented in the presence of faculty members and research scholars of the department. There will not be end-semester exams.

1.     Environmental history

2.     Ethnicity and nationalism

3.     Globalization and history

4.     Popular culture  

5.     Cultural Studies 

6.     Folklore and history 

7.     History and heritage 

8.     Visual history

9.     History and literature

 10.   Christianity in Northeast India

11.   Ethnography

12.   Frontier studies

13.   Migration

14.   Gender Studies

15.   Economic history of Northeast India

 

Details of the Courses (CBCS) Conducted by the Department :

 

Total Credit:

 

I

Semester

Code

Course Title

Credit

Course in-charge

Hist/I/CC/01  

Historiography

5

Joseph Lalzarliana

Hist/I/CC/02

Prehistoric Societies

5

Dr Hmingthanzuali

Hist/I/CC/03

Imperialism and Nationalism in the First Half of the 20th Century

5

Prof Orestes Rosanga

Hist/I/CC/04

Religion in Early and Medieval India

5

Dr Khwairakpam Premjit Singh

   

Total

20 Credits

 
   
   

Total Credit:

 

II

Semester

Code

Course Title

Credit

Course in-charge

 

Hist/II/CC/05

Ancient Societies

4

Joseph Lalzarliana

 

Hist/II/CC/06

Medieval Societies

4

Dr Hmingthanzuali

 

Hist/II/SC/07(C)

British Expansion and Strategies of Imperial Control in India              

4

Dr Khwairakpam Premjit Singh

 

Hist/II/SC/08 (C)

History of Ideas in Modern India

4

Prof.J.L.Dawar

 

Hist/II/OE/09

Ethnography

2

Joseph Lalzarliana

 

Hist/II/OE/10

Gender in History

2

Dr Hmingthanzuali

 
   

Total

20 Credits

   
   
       

Total Credit:

 

III

Semester

Code

Course Title

Credit

Course in-charge

 

Hist/III/CC/11

Capitalism and Colonialism

4

Dr Hmingthanzuali

 

Hist/III/CC/12

Social and Polity Formations in North-East India

4

Dr Lalngurliana Sailo

 

Hist/III/SC/13(C)

Economic History of India, 1757 – 1947

4

Dr K.Robin

 

Hist/III/SC/14(C)

 Indian Nationalism, 1858 – 1947           

4

Prof. J.L.Dawar

 
 

Hist/III/OE/15

Renaissance in Modern India

2

Prof . J.L.Dawar

 
 

Hist/III/OE/16           

History of Colonial Burma

2

Dr K.Robin

 
   

Total

20 Credits

   
   
       

Total Credit:

 

IV

Semester

Code

Course Title

Credit

Course in-charge

 

Hist/IV/CC/17

Colonialism and Nationalism in South Africa

5

Dr K.Robin

 

Hist/IV/CC/18

History of United States of America (19th & 20th Centuries)

5

Dr Lalngurliana Sailo

 

Hist/IV/C/19

Contemporary India (1947 – 2000)

5

Prof. O.Rosanga

 

Hist/IV/C/20

Introduction to Public History

5

  Joseph Lalzarliana

 
 

Total

20 Credits

   
                       

Courses

Compulsory/

Optional/

Practical

Number of Credits

Name of the

Course in-Charge

Hist-201:Research Methodology

Compulsory

 

Prof. J.L.Dawar, Prof. O.Rosanga, Dr Lalngurliana Sailo, Dr  K.P.Singh

Hist-202:Concepts and Approaches in History

Compulsory

 

Prof. O.Rosanga, Dr Lalngurliana Sailo, Dr K.P.Singh, Dr Hmingthanzuali

Hist-203: Selected Themes in Contemporary Historical Writings

Compulsory

 

Prof. J.L.Dawar, Prof. O.Rosanga , Dr Lalngurliana Sailo, Dr Hmingthanzuali/ Dr K.P.Singh

 

Allied Subjects

Cognate Subjects

Public Administration

Education

Political Science

English

Psychology

Mizo

Social Work

Economics

 

Geography