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SAN4111 – Advanced Reading in Ancient Indian Languages I

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Course content

This is an advanced language course in one of the ancient Indian languages (Sanskrit, Vedic Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit).

The texts to be read will be chosen according to the students' proficiency and interests.

The course includes developing further skills in critically reading and analyzing secondary literature relevant to the topic.

Learning outcome

The students will develop the ability to critically read and analyse texts in ancient Indian languages on an advanced level.

Further, they will develop their ability to communicate these analytical skills to both peers and non-experts.


Admission to Master’s programme in Asian and African Studies


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor’s degree with 80 credit group in Sanskrit


The teaching consists of 10 two-hour seminars.

Students will submit 1 minor assignment (4 pages) during the course, written in English. The paper must be approved by the course teacher before the student is allowed to take the final exam.

See Retningslinjer for obligatoriske aktiviteter ved IKOS


The qualifying assignment must be approved by the teacher before the student is allowed to take the final exam.

An approved assignment is only valid for the semester the course is taken.

At the end of the semester there will be a 4 hour written exam.

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.

Examination support material

Use of Monier Williams Sanskrit - English Dictionary is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

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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.

Periodic evaluation spring 09

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