History at Krea

History at Krea is not merely the history of one dynasty succeeding another. Instead, we engage with the vast canvas of human existence in all its myriad details. Our History undergraduate programme explores the rich fields of social, political, cultural, environmental, military and scientific history. In looking at these themes, it draws on other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences like sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, politics and economics to ask the big questions: how does historical change happen? What is the role of human agency in bringing about change? How do human activities impact the prospects for life on earth? What are the ethical dimensions of these actions? In its preoccupation with the texture of time and a concern with lived environments and spaces, History shares philosophical concerns with the physical and natural sciences.

The study of History at Krea also deals with changing conceptions and constructions of the past. Beginning from inquiring into the origins of the universe, human beings have produced innumerable cosmologies and originary myths for thousands of years. Such diverse accounts have not only provided numerous ways of accessing and explaining the past, but have also imbued popular consciousness and public discourse with perceptions of the history of places, practices and beliefs. Such historical narratives are complex and politically contested terrains, requiring careful analysis. Amidst such accounts, we situate History as an academic discipline of studying the past, with its own epistemology (theory of knowledge) and methodology.

 

The Approach

The History curriculum at Krea will include required and elective courses. Required courses will focus on themes from South Asian and World history as well as the nature of historical reasoning and the practice of historian’s craft. Students will be required to take at least one course outside their time period and region of specialisation. Elective courses will explore themes in social, economic, political, religious and military history as well as emerging fields such as climate, urban, digital and public history. Each theme will be introduced through historiographical debates, thus critically evaluating how questions have been asked thus far and what themes as well as questions have been ignored. Students will also be introduced to the historical archive and the analysis of historical sources, including written, aural and visual. On the basis of an understanding of scholarship and use of primary sources, a History student will apply their knowledge as well as research and writing skills to produce an independently-researched thesis in their final year. This research project will pertain to a subject selected by the student with a focused theme and time-period and will be supervised by a faculty member.

A Krea History student will have understood the nature of historical truth; learnt the basics of how historical knowledge is produced and revised; gained a broad empirical understanding of South Asian and World History; realised the role played by History in contemporary society and in fashioning human futures. The capacity for critical thinking fostered by studying History at the undergraduate level can be applied in a large range of professional settings, some of which are academic research, work in heritage and museum studies, journalism, civil services, international relations, economic and political think-tanks, policy-related research and advocacy organisations.

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