- Code SKRT3004
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr McComas Taylor
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2021
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The four-year Sanskrit program is designed to introduce students to the broadest possible range of literary genres, including epic, courtly poetry, drama, Upanisadic verse and Vedic texts. Students will develop a deeper understanding of Indian culture through the study of Sanskrit texts.
In this course students will usually engage with a selection of readings from Kalidasa’s Abhijnanasakuntala. Students will learn to read the text with dramatic intonation and to chant the verses.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read extracts from Sanskrit dramas smoothly and accurately.
- Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand with a high level of competence in the use of a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
- Demonstrate thorough understanding of the advanced grammatical structures employed in Sanskrit dramas, and demonstrate expertise in using reference grammars.
- Appraise 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.
- Demonstrate an ability to interpret commentarial texts, showing an understanding of commentarial techniques and vocabulary.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the social and historical contexts of Sanskrit dramas.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Intermediate level of Sanskrit.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.
Relevant past experience includes:
- Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
- Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
- Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
- The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)
Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.
Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.
- Translation Portfolio Part 1 (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Translation Portfolio Part 2 (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Take-home Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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This course requires a total of 130 hrs of work on the following activities.
Face to face teaching in this course consists of one two-hour reading class each week. Along with the minimum requirements, it is expected that students will:
• attend all sessions
• catch up on any missed session by listening to it at the Wattle site
• prepare for the following week's session (estimate 8 hours per week).
This level of participation can be expected to amount to around 10 hours of work each week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Made available on Wattle.
Made available on Wattle.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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