Ch 24: FTCE Social Science: Early Indian Civilization

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Study aspects of early Indian civilizations in anticipation of passing the FTCE Social Science exam. The lessons in this chapter focus on the governments, belief systems and economies of ancient India.

FTCE Social Science: Early Indian Civilization - Chapter Summary

Before you sit for the FTCE Social Science exam, take this opportunity to learn more about early Indian civilizations. Complete with video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes, this chapter is designed to help you get ready for exam questions in the following areas:

  • Ancient India and its beginnings
  • Village, caste and family in Indian society
  • Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro in Indus Valley civilization
  • The castes and texts of the Aryans
  • India's early religions
  • Lord Mahavira and the Mauryan Empire
  • Traditions in Indian worship

These video lessons are put together by professional educators, and they're presented to you by experienced instructors. Conversational narration accompanies sharp, colorful graphics. You can watch with the help of your smartphone, laptop, tablet or conventional desktop computer. Once you've finished a lesson, take the brief self-assessment to measure your progress.

8 Lessons in Chapter 24: FTCE Social Science: Early Indian Civilization
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Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

1. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

2. Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

This lesson will explain the three pillars of Indian society. They are the village, the caste system, and the family. In doing so, it will explore the different individual castes as well as describing joint families.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

3. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

4. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

Lord Mahavira & the Jain Religion

5. Lord Mahavira & the Jain Religion

This lesson will explain the history and the beliefs of Jainism. In doing this, it will highlight the life of Lord Mahavira as well as define the terms 'moksha' and 'Tirthankara.'

Early Religion in India: Hinduism & Buddhism

6. Early Religion in India: Hinduism & Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Hinduism and Buddhism. It will cover the basic beliefs of Hinduism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama, and the presence of both religions in modern day India.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

7. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

8. Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

This lesson will explain Hinduism's polytheistic worship of Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi. In doing so, it will explore their roles as preserver, destroyer, and protective mother of the universe.

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