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Samosas, Sarees, and Sitars: A Social Club on South Asia

Social Studies

History of South Asia (Part 1: Ancient & Medieval)

In this 8-week online course, students will learn about the ancient and medieval world of the Indian subcontinent, focusing on themes of land & land use, empires, and culture.
Amy Seefeldt
7 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

1. Students will be able to tell the basic story of ancient and medieval history on the Indian subcontinent.
2. Students will be familiar with key terms, concepts, themes, and people from this time period and region. 
3. Students will understand the relationship between physical geography and civilization.
4. Students will re-examine their own individual identities and group affiliations in the light of their new historical understanding of the Indian subcontinent.
5. Students will develop their own ideas and hypotheses around the way that power operates in human civilizations.
6. Students will develop enhanced critical thinking skills.
I lived in India for thirty of my forty-six years, first as a child in India's capital city, Delhi, and then from 2008-2020 at an international boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. I taught Indian History there for several years and have had the privilege of visiting many key historical sites in this area. I include some photos from my journeys in almost every class, to help history come alive for students.

I have worked in education for 22 years. My areas of certification include history and psychology. In addition to Indian History and World History, I have taught AP European History and AP United States History for seventeen years, as well as the AP Capstone courses for five years. For the last eleven years, I have been a senior administrator but I was never able to fully let go of the classroom! I love young people and love helping them better understand the world they inhabit and their place in it.
Each week, the teacher will assign an optional piece of work that requires further investigation of the themes discussed in that class. Assignments and projects take an hour or two, though where desired, the teacher can provide more substantive and challenging academic work. Each assignment includes a short reading of no more than three pages. All work will be completed independently.
All that students require is a notebook and pen or pencil.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The teacher relies on participation in class activities and discussions to assess levels of understanding. In addition, when students choose to submit assignments, these will be graded with a letter grade and substantive comments and returned to students within 24 hours so that they receive prompt feedback on their progress.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This course includes nothing objectionable. Some families might be sensitive to matters of religion. As part of understanding the history of South Asia, it is critical to examine the origins of major world religions like Hinduism and Buddhism and the advent of Islam in the medieval period. These are approached from a purely secular angle, as embedded within particular cultures and civilizations.
The teacher relies on a range of authoritative sources for South Asian history, including the work of Romila Thapar, John Keay, William Dalrymple, Tamim Ansary, and the curriculum laid out in India's National Council of Research in Education & Training (NCERT), among others.


Amy Seefeldt
Lives in the United States
Preparing young people to face an unpredictable future with wholeness, purpose, and resilience
7 total reviews
13 completed classes

About Me

I have been immersed in the world of education for more than twenty years, first as a history and psychology teacher and then as an international school administrator for eleven years. For four years, I worked to found a Centre for Imagination at... 
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