- Class Number 6757
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic ANU Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Dr Stephanie Majcher
- Dr Stephanie Majcher
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and explain peculiarities of Vedic grammar by means of textual analysis.
- Employ specialist reference materials with a strong degree of competence.
- 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.
- Demonstrate consideration of the influences of oral/aural textual transmission upon textual composition and apply this awareness to textual analysis and interpretation.
- Identify connections between key concerns in Vedic culture and their expression in the language, style, and structure of Vedic texts.
- Demonstrate a developing ability to reflect critically on methodologies used in the interpretation of Vedic texts.
Macdonell, Arthur A. Vedic Grammar for Students.
Macdonell, Arthur A. Vedic Reader.
Whitney, William Dwight. Sanskrit Grammar.
Sanskrit texts not contained in the Vedic Reader will provided by the lecturer via Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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 FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Monday 1-2pm Introduction to Vedic texts, historical context, and language (grammatical systems and accent).Tuesday 10am-12pm Commence readings from Macdonell's Vedic Reader. Students should prepare verses 1-3 of Hymn One ("Agni") prior to class.||Weekly Activity Independent translation and grammatical analysis of text not completed in class. The text will be updated weekly based on in-class progress.|
|2||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings from Macdonell's Vedic Reader as appropriate.Tuesday 10am-12pm Macdonell's Vedic Reader cont.||Weekly Activity Independent translation and grammatical analysis of text not completed in class. The text will be updated weekly based on in-class progress.|
|3||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings from Macdonell's Vedic Reader as appropriate.Tuesday 10am-12pm Macdonell's Vedic Reader cont.||Weekly Activity Independent translation and grammatical analysis of text not completed in class. The text will be updated weekly based on in-class progress.|
|4||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings from Macdonell's Vedic Reader as appropriate.Tuesday 10am-12pm Macdonell's Vedic Reader cont.||Independent Translation Project #1 released 14/08. There is no weekly activity due this week.|
|5||Independent Translation Project #1 due 21/08.Weekly Activity Independent translation and grammatical analysis of text not completed in class. The text will be updated weekly based on in-class progress.|
|6||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and group feedback on Independent Translation Project #1, and/or ongoing readings from Macdonell's Vedic Reader as appropriate.Tuesday 10am-12pm Macdonell's Vedic Reader cont.|
|7||Monday 1-2pm Introduction to the Brahmanas, their language and context.Tuesday 10am-12pm Commence reading from Satapatha Brahmana ("Tale of Pururavas and Urvasi").|
|8||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings as appropriate (either "Pururavas" or Brahmana selections from Lanman Sanskrit Reader/ Hock Upanishadic Reader).Tuesday 10am-12pm "Pururavas and Urvasi" cont.|
|9||Monday 1-2pm No Monday session this week due to Labour Day Holiday (02/10).Tuesday 10am-12pm "Pururavas and Urvasi" cont.|
|10||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings as appropriate (either "Pururavas" or Brahmana selections from Lanman Sanskrit Reader/ Hock Upanishadic Reader).Tuesday 10am-12pm "Pururavas and Urvasi" cont.||Independent Translation Project #2 released 9/10. There is no weekly activity due this week.|
|11||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings as appropriate (either "Pururavas" or Brahmana selections from Lanman Sanskrit Reader/ Hock Upanishadic Reader).Tuesday 10am-12pm "Pururavas and Urvasi" cont.||Independent Translation Project #2 due 16/10.Weekly Activity Independent translation and grammatical analysis of text not completed in class. The text will be updated weekly based on in-class progress.|
|12||Monday 1-2pm Grammatical discussion and/or ongoing readings as appropriate (either "Pururavas" or Brahmana selections from Lanman Sanskrit Reader/ Hock Upanishadic Reader).Tuesday 10am-12pm Concluding discussion and final reading of "Pururavas and Urvasi".|
|13||Examination Period||Take-Home Assignment The final assessment for the course will be completed during the exam period. The assessment will be released on Wattle on 02/11 and is due for submission on 10/11.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Contribution to class activities, including discussions and forums||5 %||*||1,4,5,6|
|Weekly Activities||25 %||*||1,2,3,4|
|Independent Translation Project x2||35 %||*||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Take-home Translation Assessment||35 %||10/11/2023||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU 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 RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes. In the case that a student is unable to attend a class, it is expected that the student will listen to the audio recording of the missed class and contact the lecturer with any questions in a timely manner. Participation will be measured on contribution to all class activities, including discussions, grammatical analyses, and translations. Participation also involves the use of Wattle discussion forums (where appropriate) to post and respond to questions raised by other members of the class.
Assessment Task 1
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 encouraged.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
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 and mid-Vedic texts, and provide students with an opportunity to independently demonstrate and apply skills learned in class. Each activity is decided on the basis of in-class progress that week and is due for submission before class the following week.
The combined weighting of these activities is 25% of the total grade for the course.
Please note there will be no weekly activities in Weeks 4 and 10, i.e., while the Independent Translation Projects are active.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Independent Translation Project x2
This course requires students to complete two assessments involving independent grammatical analysis and translation of original Vedic texts. These texts will be previously unseen, but relate to the readings completed in class. Students will have one week in which to complete each project.
- Independent Translation Project #1 will be released in Wk 4 (14/08/2023) and is due for submission in Wk 5 (21/08/2023).
- Independent Translation Project #2 will be released in Wk 10 (9/10/2023) and is due for submission in Wk 11 (16/10/2023).
The combined weighting of both projects equates to 35% of the total grade for the course (=2 x17.5%). Individual written feedback will typically be provided by the lecturer within five days of each submission. Verbal feedback to the group will be provided in class.
Assessment Task 4
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 involve detailed grammatical analysis, critical notes, and translations (working and refined) of a previously unseen Vedic text or selection of texts reflecting different periods of Vedic composition. Students will have one week in which to complete the assessment and submit via Wattle.
- This assessment will be released on Wattle on 2/11/2023 and is due for submission on 10/11/2023.
This assessment is weighted at 35% of the total grade for the course.
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Online SubmissionThe 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 SubmissionFor 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 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.
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Dr Stephanie Majcher