9617001 Sanskrit(4H)

Numbering Code U-LET49 19617 LJ48 Year/Term 2021 ・ Year-round
Number of Credits 8 Course Type lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Mon.5・Thu.5
Instructor name KLEBANOV, Andrey (Graduate School of Letters Program-Specific Foreign Language Lecturer)
Tao PAN (Graduate School of Letters Program-Specific Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course targets at students with no prior knowledge of Sanskrit and offers a systematic introduction to the language. The main focus is laid upon learning the foundations of grammar, developing a basic vocabulary, and acquiring skills in understanding of Sanskrit texts.
Course Goals - to read and write in Devanagari-script (also used for Hindi)
- to gain a systematic overview of basic and intermediate grammar of Classical Sanskrit
- to develop skills of reading and interpreting simple prose and verse in Classical Sanskrit
- to develop basic skills in composing prose sentences in Classical Sanskrit
Schedule and Contents We will largely follow the plan laid out in M. Deshpande’s manual “Samskrita-Subodhini: A Sanskrit Primer”.

The overall duration of the course is 30 weeks (15 + 15). We will spend the main bulk of this time (ca. 25 weeks) on the study and practice of Sanskrit grammar. During the final ca. five weeks of the course we will turn to reading of simple Sanskrit texts.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Active participation in the classroom, review of studied materials, biweekly homework.
Course Requirements Classes will be held in English with translational help provided by a Japanese TA.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Homework involves preparing translations from Sanskrit into English and translations from English into Sanskrit. Weekly review of grammatical categories and memorization of vocabulary. The expected preparation time is approximately two hours per class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Samskrta-Subodhini: A Sanskrit Primer , M. Deshpande, (The University of Michigan Press ), ISBN:9780891480792
A Sanskrit Primer, E.D. Perry, (Nabu Press 2011), ISBN:178794733
References, etc. A Sanskrit Grammar for Students, Arthur A. MacDonell, (OUP, 1971)