• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr McComas Taylor
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This is a high-level reading course in Sanskrit literature. The four-year Sanskrit program is designed to introduce students to the broadest possible range of literary genres, including epic, courtly poetry, drama, Upani?adic verse and sutras This course will introduce final-year students to the the early Vedic dialetc, the precursor of Classical Sanskrit. The thousands hymns of the ?gveda are the oldest literary works in any Indo-european language and have laid at the heart of Indic religious beliefs and practices for at least four millennia. The language of the Vedas is difficult and often obscure, yet reveals a startling world that sometimes resembles and sometimes challenges our own. This course is an introduction to the language, thought and practices of the Vedic thought-world through a dozen selected hymns

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Sanskrit to:
1. Read extracts from the Rgveda fluently and accurately, and chant the verses with an appropriate meter. 
2. Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand with an advanced level of competence in using a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
3. Demonstrate thorough understanding of the peculiarities of Vedic grammar, and compare these with later Sanskrit dialects; demonstrate knowledge of advanced grammatical structures employed in these texts, with expertise in using appropriate reference grammars.
4. Appreciate the linguistic registers of the root text, in contrast with other genres of Sanskrit literature, and reflect this in appropriate English translation; respond creatively to the root text in an appropriate medium.
5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to interpret commentarial texts, showing an advanced understanding of commentarial techniques and vocabulary.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the social and historical context of the target texts.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SKRT2105 and SKRT2106 or SKRT3004 and SKRT3005 or have the equivalent of three years' of Sanskrit study at tertiary level. Incompatible with SKRT6003.

Majors

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:
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

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On-campus
9525 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A
ANU Online
9526 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online N/A

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