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Semester and Year Offered: 4th Semester, 2nd Yr
Course Coordinator and Team: Rachna Mehra
Email of course coordinator: rmehra[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in Pre-requisites: None
Aim: The aim of the course is to introduce students to urban processes and policies that encompassed the legal, political, social and economic aspects of the region under imperial rule. From the 16th century, the European countries established colonies in various continents. The twin impact of imperialism and industrialisation led to systemic changes in the layout, institutions and social interaction in older urban forms and new towns established under the modern colonial regimes. The course will familiarize students to urbanism of this specific era.
On the completion of the course, the students will be able to
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The opening module will introduce students to the concept of Colonial Urbanism(s) and its association with the idea of Modernity.
Ports, Forts and Presidencies
By the end of the eighteenth century the land-based empires in Asia were replaced by the powerful sea-based European empires. The European commercial companies set up base in different parts of India and significantly segregated urban spaces in the form of white and black towns.
Survey, Surveillance and Civic Governance
The colonial rulers began cartographic practices as a necessary step to understand the landscape and topography of the region and the use of scientific knowledge enabled them to penetrate and gain control over it.
Imperial Vision in Architectural Monuments
The built environment and architecture was the visible symbol of the colonial rule signifying domination and compliance to the larger vision of imperial hegemony. In public buildings, the styles that emerged amalgamated the local and non native influences in public architecture.
Work, Labor and Leisure
The urban development in hills symbolized the reorganization of space reflecting the cultural ethos of Europe. The hills were promoted as exclusive getaways for the rulers where the idea of work intersected with rest and it became seamlessly entwined with the ideology of the empire.
Assessment Details with weights: (three)