• Class Number 6628
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On-campus
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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 for Students.

Whitney, William Dwight. Sanskrit 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 During Weeks 1-6, the two-hour weekly sessions will focus on analysis and translation of early Upanishads. The weekly one-hour session will focus on either translation from a selection of challenging Mid-Vedic texts 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 1-5 (12.5%), ongoing development of independent translation project relating to early Upanishads (35%). The first two submissions of the independent translation project are due in Week 4 (Friday 19th August) and Week 6 (Friday 2nd September).
2 During Weeks 7-12, all weekly sessions will continue to focus on analysis and translation of Upanishadic materials. 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 7-11 (12.5%), ongoing development and completion of translation project relating to early Upanishads (as above, 35%). The final two submissions of the independent translation project are due in Week 8 (Friday 30th September) and Week 10 (Friday 14th November).

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Weekly activities 25 % 1,2,3,4
Independent Translation Project 35 % 1,2,3,4,5,6
Take-home Translation Assessment 35 % 1,2,3,4
Contribution to class activities, including discussions and forums 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

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 translation and interpretation of early Upanishadic 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. These activities will take place throughout Weeks 1-5 and Weeks 7-11.

Assessment Task 2

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

Independent Translation Project

Students will be required to complete an ongoing translation project requiring the independent analysis and translation of an early Upanishadic text. The details of this assessment task will be made available on Wattle at the beginning of the semester. This task assesses students' ability to independently apply grammatical knowledge about the compositional features and peculiarities of Upanishadic Sanskrit composition, learned in class, and develop context-appropriate translations and interpretations. This task will be submitted in four installments:

Due Week 4 / Friday 19th August

Due Week 6 / Friday 2nd September

Due Week 8 / Friday 30th September

Due Week 10 / Friday 14th October

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 the full grammatical analysis and translation of a previously unseen Uopanishadic text related 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. Details and instructions for this assessment will be released via Wattle on November 3rd, 2022, and the assessment will be due for submission on November 11th, 2022.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6

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.

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.

Privacy Notice

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Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

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).
Dr Stephanie Majcher
02 6125 3207

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