HST2044: Global Lives: South Asian Travel and Migration in the Age of Empire

20 credits (semester 1 - 2018-19)

Module Leader: Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley



Pass in at least two of the Level One modules History Units HST112-121.


Module Summary

By the early twenty-first century, more than 25 million peoples of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent were living in Europe, North America, Africa and Southeast Asia. This module aims to historicise this diaspora by examining how and why South Asians have criss-crossed the globe in increasing numbers from the nineteenth century: for pilgrimage, trade, service, indenture, learning, diplomacy, politics, performance, mission and employment. To answer these questions, we will explore a wide range of primary sources, including letters, diaries, and travelogues. The focus will be on different experiences of travel, migration and settlement in the high and late colonial period (1858-1947) that anticipated mass migration in the post-war era.



This module aims to:

  • use original source material to analyse global South Asian communities with reference to race, class, religion, gender and nation.
  • historicise contemporary understandings of multiculturalism and globalisation.
  • develop students’ ability to contextualise and critically evaluate source material.
  • develop students' writing and analytical skills through assessment and class discussion.


Teaching and Assessment

The module will be taught through eleven lectures and eleven seminars. Lectures will examine particular events and developments in the history of South Asian travel and migration, and will introduce students to key sources, while seminars will focus on the link between the source material and historians’ interpretations of those events.

The module will be assessed in part by three 500 word source extracts, which will allow students to demonstrate their ability to contextualise and critically analyse source material in lucid prose. A two hour written examination, composed of source analysis and essay questions, will require students to demonstrate that they have absorbed and understood the material and that they can express this in clear prose and a structured argument.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2


Intended Learning Outcomes
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