SAS3000 - India Studies Bachelor Essay

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

This course is an opportunity for you to engage in a topic of your own choice and to learn how to write an academic essay on a largely independent basis.

You will select the topic in consultation with one of the teachers in the South Asia section.

The topic should fall within one of the teachers’ area of specialisation. The teacher will supervise the progress of your essay and help you along.

The teachers and their areas of specialisation are:

Kathinka Frøystad: religionsantropologi, politisk antropologi, sosiale og politiske ringvirkninger av rituell deltakelse på tvers av religiøs tilhørighet, det indiske lovverkets strenge forbud mot religiøse fornærmelser.

Claus Peter Zoller : Hindi literature and linguistics; linguistics of West Himalayan and Dardic languages; performance traditions and epics.

Arild Engelsen Ruud : political culture in South Asia, history, anthropology, development studies, India and Bangladesh.

Ute Hüsken: Sanskrit texts and literature, ancient Indian religious and cultural history, mediaeval and modern Hinduism, ancient Indian Buddhism and contemporary Theravada Buddhism.

Learning outcome

The course helps you to practice skills that will prove useful in a future career – academic or not. You will learn:

  • to identify a research topic
  • how to search and locate relevant data
  • to analyze data
  • to discuss your own and others data and argument
  • to present your material and thesis in a structured manner


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

It is recommended that students have completed 120 credits and are in the third year of their BA, preferably in their sixth semester, when taking this course.


There will be five meetings, approximately one every third week. The meetings will consist of seminars or individual supervision.

The students present their work and discuss the problems and next steps to be undertaken.

Students are expected to present substantial progress in their work during each meeting and defend their strategies.


The essay should be 10 pages long and is to be submitted in Fronter.

Due dates for the assignments will be published in the detailed course plan. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding the approval of their assignments.

The essay can be written in Norwegian or English.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

English or Norwegian