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Sanskrit 4

Undergraduate | ANU-SKRT2104 | 2024

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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14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Sanskrit 4

About this subject

  • 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. 

Entry requirements

Prior study

To help set you up for success before you start this subject, we suggest completing or having equivalent knowledge in:


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.

Additional requirements

  • 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.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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