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ASNS2626: Religious Traditions of India

2024 unit information

This unit introduces themes in Indian 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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Asian Studies

Code ASNS2626
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Chinese Studies or Indonesian Studies or International and Global Studies or Sanskrit or History or Ancient History or Studies in Religion.
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. be able to place South Asian religious, literary, philosophical, contemplative, social and artistic expression into larger contexts of historical and doctrinal developments
  • LO2. be able to place social and political movements into larger religious and intellectual contexts of South Asian culture
  • LO3. have an appreciation of the ways in which self-understanding develops through the interaction between its artistic, religious and literary traditions
  • LO4. be aware of the significance of South Asian religions in understanding the emergence and development of religious structures across Asia as a whole
  • LO5. have a methodological awareness of issues in cross-cultural research in the humanities
  • LO6. have acquired a solid foundation for further studies of South Asia, Buddhism and Asian Studies in general

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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