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Undergraduate Course: Intermediate Sanskrit (Honours) (DIVI10113)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course strengthens Sanskrit skills, covering more complex grammar, and including the guided reading of a range of set texts, including at least one example of Buddhist literature.
Course description Academic Description
This course strengthens Sanskrit skills, covering more complex grammar, and including the guided reading of a range of set texts, including at least one example of Buddhist literature. This course is only suitable for students who have already completed at least one semester of basic Sanskrit.

Outline Content
The course begins with a review of basic grammar, before moving on to introduce more complex forms. The bulk of the classes will be spent reading set texts, which are drawn primarily from classical Sanskrit Buddhist scriptures, such as the Jatakamala, though readings may also include Hindu epic literature.

Student Learning Experience
Students attend class for three hours per week, to ensure ongoing development and consolidation of their learning. A two-hour class will cover reading of set texts, while a separate one-hour class will be used to explore and clarify issues of grammar. Students will be required to complete homework weekly, including preparing draft translations of set texts. Classes will be interactive and include discussion not only of linguistic issues, but also the content of the set texts and their place in the religious and literary landscape of Ancient India. Assessment includes a mid-semester class test, ensuring students can monitor their learning, and a short essay reflecting on the themes of one of the set texts. An end of course exam requires translation of extracts from set texts, parsing of selected grammatical forms, and short commentaries on the content of the texts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students are welcome to join this course, but must have already completed at least one semester of basic Sanskrit study or equivalent. If uncertain, please contact the CO for advice.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination 2 hours (in person exam) 60%

Mid-semester in-class test 20%

1,500 word reflection on the themes explored within one of the set texts 20%
Feedback Classes are interactive and will provide opportunities for weekly oral feedback on students' progress. Written feedback will be provided on the class test and short essay, and the CO will be available to meet individually with any students who are struggling at these assessment points.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Provide accurate translations of a variety of pre-prepared Sanskrit texts
  2. Accurately parse Sanskrit grammatical forms
  3. Recognise and understand a range of Sanskrit vocabulary
  4. Offer commentary on the content of selected Sanskrit texts, including their place in the literary and religious landcape of Ancient India
Reading List
Set texts will be provided in class. For the grammar lessons students should have access to Madhav M. Deshpande, Samskrita-Subodini: A Sanskrit Primer (University of Michigan Press, 1999), which is the textbook used in Introducing Sanskrit.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills self-discipline
self-directed learning
critical engagement with the meaning of documents and recognition that meanings may be multiple
ability to read texts in a different language
Course organiserDr Upali Sraman
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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