- Class Number 3951
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On-campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Stephanie Majcher
- Dr Stephanie Majcher
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Sanskrit 7 is a high-level reading course suited to final-year students. This course introduces students to the major compositional genres of Sanskrit scholarly literature that were employed across a diverse range of traditional intellectual disciplines from the Classical to the late-Premodern period in South Asia. This course also introduces students to the Sanskrit commentarial tradition, its practices and conventions, and the influence it exerts upon textual reception. In this course, students will employ advanced grammatical and analytical skills to the interpretation and translation of intellectual texts and commentaries, and will become familiar with the use of commentaries as a translation tool. Students will have the opportunity to compare and consider the relationship between root texts and commentaries from a variety of traditional disciplines – such as poetics, yoga, and grammar – and refine their independent skills and interests in translation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read extracts from advanced-level intellectual texts with the use of a commentary or commentaries.
- Consider and evaluate the appropriate translation of the vocabulary of a root text through careful examination of commentarial glosses and explanations.
- Use translation and textual analysis to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the grammatical structures and techniques employed in intellectual and commentarial literature.
- Utilise dictionaries, reference grammars, and appropriate secondary resources with a high degree of competence.
- Translate, analyse, and reflect upon distinct genres of intellectual text and approaches to commentary.
Whitney, William Dwight. A Sanskrit Grammar; including both the classical language, and the older dialects, of Veda and Brahmana.
Tubb, G. and E. Boose. Scholastic Sanskrit: A Manual for Students.
Monier-Williams, M. Sanskrit-English Dictionary.
Primary source materials will be provided by the lecturer via Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||During Weeks 1-6, the two-hour weekly sessions will focus on analysis and translation of Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts. The weekly one-hour session will focus on either translation or grammatical review in accordance with the requirements of the group. All work should be prepared prior to class for in-class discussion and correction. Selected contextual readings may also be provided to accompany class activities.||Weekly review exercises for Weeks 1-6 (12.5%), ongoing development of translation project relating to Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts (35%)|
|2||During Weeks 7-12, all weekly sessions will continue to focus on analysis and translation of Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts. All work should be prepared prior to class for in-class discussion and correction. Selected contextual readings may also be provided to accompany class activities.||Weekly review exercises for Weeks 7-12 (12.5%), final development and completion of translation project relating to Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts (as above, 35%)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Contribution to class activities, including discussions and forums||5 %||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Short translation, analysis, and review exercises||25 %||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Project on intellectual and commentarial texts||35 %||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Take-home assessment||35 %||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes. In the case that a student is unable to attend a class, it is expected that the student will listen to the audio recording and contact the lecturer with any questions in a timely manner. Participation will be measured on contribution to all class activities, including discussions, grammatical analyses, and translations. Participation also involves the use of Wattle discussion forums to post and respond to questions raised by other members of the class.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Contribution to class activities, including discussions and forums
Students are expected to contribute to all class activities, including discussions, grammatical analyses, and translation exercises. Use of discussion forums to post and reply to questions and share relevant resources is strongly encouraged.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Short translation, analysis, and review exercises
Students will be required to complete and submit weekly review exercises involving combinations of grammatical analysis, translation, and summary activities. These exercises will focus on the key grammatical strategies and principles involved in the composition of Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts. Students are required to submit a completed activity via Wattle by 11:55pm of the Sunday at the end of each week. Written and/or verbal feedback will generally be provided within 1-3 days of submission.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Project on intellectual and commentarial texts
Students will be required to complete an ongoing project on Sanskrit intellectual and commentarial texts throughout the Semester. The project will be introduced in Week 2 and will involve independent translation and grammatical analysis of a commentary related to the materials studied in class. Students are expected to submit their work-in-progress at regular intervals during Semester in order to receive feedback and guidance from the lecturer. The final, completed work will be due for submission at the end of Week 12.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Students will be required to complete a take-home assessment during the exam period. The assessment will involve full grammatical analysis and translation of an unseen Sanskrit text related to the materials studied in class. Students will have approximately one week in which to complete and submit their work via Wattle.
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