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Unit information: Introduction to Sanskrit I: Grammar in 2017/18

Unit name Introduction to Sanskrit I: Grammar
Unit code THRS10017
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Langer
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

Sanskrit is the single most important language in Indian culture. The fundamental texts of Indian religions, philosophy, law, science, poetry, drama, etc. are all composed in Sanskrit. For anyone who wishes to gain an appreciation of Indian religions and culture the study of Sanskrit is therefore of paramount importance. Indian culture itself has traditionally regarded the study of Sanskrit grammar and literature as basis of all education. Moreover, in the contemporary study of Indian religion and culture Sanskrit terminology serves as something of a "lingua franca".

The unit aims to introduce students to the basics of Sanskrit grammar as a foundation for the reading of Sanskrit texts, and involves the completion of weekly Sanskrit/English and English/Sanskrit/ exercises and the preparation of short passages for reading.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit student will have an introductory knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of the alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar of Sanskrit.

Teaching details

2 x 2 hour seminar per week

Assessment Details

This language unit will be assessed summatively by two class tests, each lasting 1 hour, testing introductory knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of the alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar of Sanskrit. Class test 1 =20% of overall unit mark; class test 2 = 80%.

Reading and References

W.H. Maurer, The Sanskrit Language: An introductory grammar and reader, 2 vols (Richmond 1995).

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