This unit introduces themes in South Asian religions from the Indus Valley Civilisation onward. Attention is paid to the social and cultural contexts in which Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism emerged. Goddess traditions are discussed, as are concepts such as tantra, yoga and meditation, karma and rebirth and dharma. Texts such as Bhagavat Gita are also introduced. A focus will be on the implications of Classical India for an understanding of contemporary Asian cultures, particularly those of South and Southeast Asia.
2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2500wd Essay (40%),Tutorial paper and presentation equivalent to 1000wds (25%), exam (30%), Tutorial participation (5%)
12 junior credit points from Table AProhibitions