• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Sanskrit
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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Sanskrit 3 is an Introductory-Intermediate level course that supports students through the transition from textbook-based study of grammar and syntax to the analysis and translation of original Sanskrit texts with the assistance of a reader. In the first part of this course, students study the more advanced grammatical constructions that are considered foundational to Sanskrit and continue to develop a strong working vocabulary and awareness of the way that different Sanskrit forms are derived according to regular patterns. The second part of this course introduces students to samples of original Sanskrit texts drawn from popular traditions of epics and storytelling. While focussing on colourful narratives and intriguing characters, students are guided in the use of appropriate reference materials and the development of analytical skills that promote confidence in translation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read simple narrative texts smoothly and accurately and chant texts in sloka meter.
  2. Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand through the basic use of a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and use of the range of grammatical and compositional structures in standard Sanskrit epic and narrative texts.
  4. Demonstrate a working ability in using the grammatical reference texts.
  5. Identify and discuss the compositional features and literary characteristics of a primary text in relation to the text’s social and historical contexts.
  6. Evaluate and produce English translations appropriate to a text’s literary characteristics and context.

Other Information

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 Advanced Beginner 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Contribution to class activities, including discussions and forums (10) [LO 1,3,5,6]
  2. Upload weekly verses (Weeks 1-6) (5) [LO 1,3]
  3. Quizzes, mini-translations, and review exercises (20) [LO 2,3,4,6]
  4. Short translation and analysis assessments (30) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
  5. Take-home translation assessment of previously unseen Sanskrit text (35) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This unit is conducted on the 'flipped classroom' model. Students are expected to complete certain set tasks before attending class each week. A total of 10 hours' work per week is expected as follows:

  • 3 hours, before class, preparing materials for in-class activities
  • 3 hours attending on-campus or online classes
  • 1 hour completing online learning activities
  • 3 hours developing and completing assessments

The total workload for the course is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SKRT6103 or equivalent. Incompatible with SKRT2103.

Prescribed Texts

Lanman, C. R., A Sanskrit Reader

Macdonnell, A., A Sanskrit Grammar for Students.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2170 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View
2753 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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