• Class Number 7714
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic ANU Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Sanskrit 8 is a high-level reading course suited to final-year students. This course introduces students to Vedic Sanskrit, the precursor of Classical Sanskrit, through the investigation of a range of Vedic texts that articulate different developments in the language, thought, and practices of India’s most ancient textual culture. This course provides students with a foundation in Vedic grammar and exposure to the earliest expression of certain key concepts that have been influential throughout the evolution of South Asian literature and society. Students can expect to acquire skill in the employment of specialist reference materials, familiarity with the distinct text-types encompassed within the Veda, and awareness of modern scholarly approaches to the challenges inherent in interpreting the Veda, its language and worldview.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and explain peculiarities of Vedic grammar by means of textual analysis.
  2. Employ specialist reference materials with a strong degree of competence.
  3. Independently develop translations of Vedic texts and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative translations and their appropriateness to the grammatical and literary contexts of primary texts.
  4. Demonstrate consideration of the influences of oral/aural textual transmission upon textual composition and apply this awareness to textual analysis and interpretation.
  5. Identify connections between key concerns in Vedic culture and their expression in the language, style, and structure of Vedic texts.
  6. Demonstrate a developing ability to reflect critically on methodologies used in the interpretation of Vedic texts.

Required Resources

Macdonell, Arthur A. Vedic Grammar.

Sanskrit texts will be provided via Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students 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 Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-2 These first weeks of semester will be spent familiarizing students with the key particularities that distinguish Vedic from Classical Sanskrit. The weekly 2-hr class will used to address grammatical features and background context needed for reading Vedic texts The weekly 1-hr class will be used for commencing reading of the Brahmana-period (ca. 900 BCE) text Pururavas and Urvasi. In Weeks 1-5, students will be expected to complete and submit weekly activities via Wattle. These activities will require students to complete readings from grammatical and other resources and prepare summaries in their own words. Note: In Week 2, the 2-hr class will consist of a guest lecture by an international Vedic scholar. The class will occur at a different time to usual in order to accommodate differences in time zone.
2 Weeks 3-6 During these weeks, we will continue to read the tale of Pururavas and Urvasi. We will be reading this text in both of the weekly classes. Emphasis will be placed on identifying grammatical peculiarities of Vedic grammar and developing a receptive sensitivity to the unique context of this ancient language and text. During Weeks 3-5, students will continue preparing weekly activities. In Week 6, students are expected to submit their independent translation workbooks for review and feedback.
3 Weeks 7-12 During this time, we will complete the Brahmana-version of Pururavas and Urvasi and move onto the original version that occurs in Rgveda, the most ancient of Sanskrit texts. Students will be exposed to the older forms of the Vedic language and encounter the use of poetic composition in the religious culture of the Vedic worldview. During Weeks 7-11, students will continue preparing weekly activities. In Week 12, students are expected to submit their independent translation workbooks for review and feedback.
4 Exam Period Students will be required to complete a take-home assessment exam during the university examination period.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Weekly activities 25 % 1,2,3,4
Independent Translation Workbook (Project on Vedic texts) 35 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
Take-home Translation Assessment 35 % 1,2,3,4
Contribution and Participation 5 % 1,4,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The 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 Assessment

Marks 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Weekly activities

The weekly activities require students to read grammatical overviews and prepare and submit summaries of this material in their own words. These activities are intended to support students developing familiarity with the nuances of Vedic grammar and create opportunities for regular feedback and support from the course convenor.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Independent Translation Workbook (Project on Vedic texts)

At the beginning of semester, students will be provided with a workbook containing textual samples reflecting different compositional and textual types that are encompassed by the Vedic tradition. Students will be required to work independently, analyzing and translating a set number of textual samples, but are expected to submit their workbooks for review in Weeks 6 and 12. Successful completion of the workbook will require students to apply their knowledge of Sanskrit grammar to different and distinct iterations of Vedic language. This assessment is intended to increase student exposure to a range of diverse and significant Vedic texts and textual traditions and challenges students to creatively synthesize their grammatical knowledge and abilities.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Take-home Translation Assessment

Students will be required to complete a take-home translation assessment during the university examination period. This assessment will consist of unseen Vedic texts relating to the materials studied in class. Students will have one week in which to complete the assessment during the examination period and to submit the assessment via Wattle. The dates of this assessment will be set in Week 1 through in-class discussion.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6

Contribution and Participation

At the end of semester, each student will be awarded a mark out of 5 for their contribution to and participation in the course. This may involve voluntary participation in class activities and discussions, use of the Wattle forums, and willingness to support other students' learning (e.g., by responding to questions, sharing resources, etc.).

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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