This course introduces students to different forms and styles of Sanskrit literature. The selected texts are introduced at the first meeting and vary from year to year. We meet two times a week to read two original Sanskrit texts and discuss issues of grammar, syntax, translation and interpretation. The course requires active preparation and participation.
Enhanced understanding of different forms and styles of Sanskrit
Improved reading and translation skills
Increase of the student’s range of Sanskrit vocabulary
Knowledge of aspects of ancient Indian culture through reading authentic texts
Mode of instruction
Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) 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.
Classes (13×4) and exams (2×2): 56 hours
Preparation and revision of set texts and additional literature: 144 hours
Revision and preparation for exams: 80 hours
Total: 280 hours (10 EC x 28 hours)
Two written examinations (w): one at the end of the first block (40%) and one at the end of the second block (60%), covering the texts read during each block.
There is one opportunity for a resit of the entire course (100%).
The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
The texts to be read are announced at an introductory meeting. Students are requested to contact the instructor beforehand.
Aside from the texts read during the course students should have access to:
Jan Gonda, A Concise Elementary Grammar of the Sanskrit Language. With Exercises, Reading Selections, and a Glossary. Translated from the German by Gordon B. Ford, Jr. Leiden: Brill, 1966.
M. Monier-Williams, A Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899. (various reprints)
William Dwight Whitney, Sanskrit Grammar. Including Both the Classical Language and the Older Dialects of Veda and Brāhmaṇa. Fifth Edition. Leipzig, 1924. (various reprints)
Students of the BA program South and Southeast Asia Studies 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.”.
Other students are requested to send an email to the study coordinator including their name, student ID number, course title and prospectus or catalog number. Depending on the availability of places, the study co-ordinator will register these students after August 15. By September 1 at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.
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.)
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 accommodations 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).