Undergraduate | ANU-SKRT2103-2023
Continue your study of the classical language of India. Balance learning hard skills – like reading and grammar – with more cultural experiences of the language, such as chanting and singing. Start reading Sanskrit texts.
Prior study needed
- 20 Feb 2023
About this subject
What you'll learn
On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced Beginner level of Sanskrit to:
- Read simple epic texts smoothly and accurately and chant texts in sloka meter.
- Translate the vocabulary of the text in hand through the basic use of a Sanskrit-English dictionary.
- Recognise the range of grammatical structures in standard epic Sanskrit texts, and demonstrate a working facility in using the reference grammatical text.
- Appraise the linguistic registers of the root text, in contrast with other genres of Sanskrit literature, and reflect this in appropriate English translation.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the social and historical contexts of epic Sanskrit texts.
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 hour, before class, learning weekly verse from 'Joy of Sanskrit' and uploading audio
- 1 hour, before class, learning vocabulary and practicing structures for Spoken Sanskrit component from 'Joy of Sanskrit'
- 6 hours, before class, completing, self-correcting and uploading grammar exercises from 'Joy of Sanskrit' and Egenes Vol. 2
- 2 hours, attending the on-campus or online class.
Weeks 7-12: Readings from Lanman's Sanskrit Reader
- 7 hours, before class, working independently preparing set number of verses from 'Nala and Damayati' drafting class notes in preparation for class.
- 2 hours, attending on-campus or online class.
- 1 hour, updating and revising class notes, which students take during the class.
The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period.
- In weeks 1 - 6, students will study weekly verses, spoken Sanskrit and grammar and written exercises from Egenes, ‘Introduction to Sanskrit’
- In weeks 7 - 12, students will focus on readings from Lanman's Sanskrit Reader
Sanskrit, the classical language of India, has long been renowned for its beauty, subtlety and complexity. It is the key to the civilisational treasures of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, and provides direct access to a vast repository of literary, scientific and philosophical wisdom. At the ANU we seek to balance the traditional practice of textual reception—reading and grammar—with language production—speaking, chanting and singing—to provide a truly balanced curriculum. In Sanskrit 3, students will hone their understanding of Sanskrit grammar and begin reading selections from Sanskrit literature.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
- Upload of weekly verse (5%)
- Spoken Sanskrit conversation (5%)
- Weekly written exercises (5%)
- Upload written class notes weeks 1-6 (20%)
- Upload written class notes weeks 7-12 (40%)
- Take home examination of Sanskrit - English translations (25%)
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You are recommended to have completed the following subject(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: • Laptop or computer • Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) • Headset with microphone • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser • Reliable internet access • Access to a scanner or smartphone
- Other requirements -
This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.
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