Dive deeper into India’s classical language. Strengthen your grammar. Read and chant smoothly beyond beginners’ level. Enjoy classic Sanskrit literature, touching on the social and historical contexts of this language of ancient wisdom.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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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 subject 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:
- 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.
- Readings from Lanman’s Sanskrit Reader
- Selected readings from classic Sanskrit literature
- Virtual Classroom
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Overview Notes
- Audio-Video streaming
- Online Assessment
- Resources and Links
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
Completion of SKRT2103 Hindi 3 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-SKRT2104 (Sanskrit 4) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.
- EquipmentDetails - 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
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 4, students will strengthen their grammar skills and enjoy further readings from the classics of Sanskrit literature.
- Upload written class notes weeks 1-6 (30%)
- Upload written class notes weeks 7-12 (30%)
- Take home exam: Sanskrit to English translation (40%)
Textbook information is pending.