Classical Tibetan is the language of the two Tibetan Buddhist canons, containing more than four thousand texts which were translated mainly between 700 and 1300 CE, and the extensive literature that developed around that in Tibet in these and the following centuries. The course offers a theoretical introduction to and practical training of translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan.
Elementary knowledge of and insight into the grammar of classical Tibetan.
Basic skills in translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.
Total course load (10 EC): 280 hours:
attending lectures ( 62 hours)
preparation for the lectures (ca. 138 hours)
reading and preparation for the exams (ca. 76 hours)
examination (4 hours)
Mid-term written exam
Final written exam
Mid-term written exam (30%)
Final written exam (70%)
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of “5.50” (=6) or higher.
The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.
Hahn, Michael (Ulrich Pagel translator) 2005. A Textbook of Classical Literary Tibetan. London: SOAS (Lehrbuch der Klassischen Tibetischen Schriftsprache)
Further literature will be supplied in electronic form during the course.
Students are required to register through uSis before August 15. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.
Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.
For more information contact Dr. P.C. Verhagen
Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).