• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Sanskrit
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr McComas Taylor
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course SKRT6102
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
    See Future Offerings

Sanskrit, the classical language of India, has long been renowned for its beauty, subtlety and complexity. It is the key to the civilisational treasures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and provides direct access to a vast repository of literary, scientific and philosophical wisdom. In this course students are introduced to the foundations of the balance of traditional practice of textual reception—reading and grammar—with language production—speaking, chanting and singing.

Sanskrit is a demanding language. It involves the rigorous study of grammar, a considerable amount of memorisation, and high and sustained level of commitment. Previous language learning experience is a distinct advantage. All prospective students are encouraged to make an appointment with the convener, McComas Taylor, to discuss the course before enrolling.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Sanskrit to:
1. Pronounce all 49 sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, read aloud simple example sentences, and chant the weekly verses accurately and joyously.
2. Write all 49 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet correctly, including conjunct consonants; write simple sentences accurately and aesthetically.
3. Use a vocabulary of 120 items.
4. Recognise and use the grammatical structures to read short texts and to translate basic sentences into and out of Sanskrit. These structures include: singular, dual and plural verb endings, for active and middle forms; the eight nominal cases; pronouns and adjectives; and the gerund.
5. Conduct simple conversations on such topics as: common greetings; friends and families; food and drink; and times of day.
6. Demonstrate a general understanding of the history, origins, status, and uses of Sanskrit.

Other Information

All students with previous 'language experience or exposure' are required to take a language placement test to determine their language proficiency in order to ensure enrolment into the language course at the most appropriate level. 

 The Course Convenor, in consultation with the Language Convenor will move students into an appropriate level course if students are deemed to be of a different proficiency level. Students are also encouraged to consult their course convenors immediately upon if they find that their proficiency level differs from that expected by the course.


As language courses are sequential, this may mean that students can only commence their language course in the following semester.

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This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course 

applies to both courses combined.

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Fees - Students enrolling through Open Universities Australia should refer to the fee schedule published on the OUA website

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Workload

 Online students

Each week, students are expected to study as follows: 

 1. 30 minutes on weekly verse: Listen to the paradigm and explanation in the e-text. Practice singing the verse. Upload the audio into Wattle. 

2. 30 minutes on spoken Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation in the e-text. Practice and memorise the forms. Complete the online quiz as required. 

3. 7 hours on grammar and written Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation and read through the grammar notes in the e-text. Complete the written exercises and self-correct your work. Upload your work into Wattle.

4. 90 minutes participating in one online class via Adobe Connect. 

 

On-campus Students

Each week, students are expected to study as follows: 

 1. 30 minutes on weekly verse: Listen to the paradigm and explanation in the e-text. Practice singing the verse. Upload the audio into Wattle. 

2. 30 minutes on spoken Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation in the e-text. Practice and memorise the forms. Complete the online quiz as required. 

3. 7 hours on grammar and written Sanskrit: Listen to the explanation and read through the grammar notes in the e-text. Complete the written exercises and self-correct your work. Upload your work into Wattle.

4. 90 minutes participating in one class on campus.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SKRT6102

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on wattle. 

Indicative Reading List

The Joy of Sanskrit - https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/joy-sanskrit 

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
On-campus
2182 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person
ANU Online
3436 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 Online
OUA Online
4505 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 Online

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