• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stephanie Majcher
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read extracts from advanced-level intellectual texts with the use of a commentary or commentaries.
  2. Consider and evaluate the appropriate translation of the vocabulary of a root text through careful examination of commentarial glosses and explanations.
  3. Use translation and textual analysis to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the grammatical structures and techniques employed in intellectual and commentarial literature.
  4. Utilise dictionaries, reference grammars, and appropriate secondary resources with a high degree of competence.
  5. Translate, analyse, and reflect upon distinct genres of intellectual text and approaches to commentary.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced 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. Contribute to class activities, including discussions and forums (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Short translation, analysis, and review exercises (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Project on intellectual and commentarial texts (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Take-home assessment of previously unseen Sanskrit text (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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:

  1. 3 hours attending on-campus or online classes
  2. 2.5 hours prior to class preparing materials for in-class activities
  3. 1 hour completing online learning activities
  4. 3.5 hours developing and completing assessment tasks and projects

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 SKRT2105 and SKRT2106 or SKRT3004 and SKRT3005 or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Sanskrit language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with SKRT6002.

Prescribed Texts

Monier-Williams, A Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tubb & Boose, Scholastic Sanskrit

Whitney, Sanskrit Grammar


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
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
3650 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online or In Person N/A
ANU Online
3976 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A
3977 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A

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