SAS4003 – Deep reading for South Asian studies

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Course content

This course trains you to read academic texts critically. Besides engaging with their subject matters, you will gain practice evaluating the authors’ methodological choices, analytical optics, positioning and literary strategies.

The course readings consist of three anthropological or historical monographs from South Asia, which you will read and discuss in a way that is keenly attentive to the details of the research process.

Learning outcome

  • In-depth knowledge about the subject areas covered by the course monographs
  • Comparative insight into research planning and mid-way calibration
  • Sensitivity to the possibility of unforeseen ethical dilemmas
  • Awareness about how methodological and theoretical choices impacts research
  • Ability to discuss the aforementioned issues verbally and in writing


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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


Spring 2021: This course offers digital teaching throughout the semester. The teaching can happen on campus if the current regulations are changed, but these will also be offered in a hybrid version.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

The teaching equals 10 seminars. The schedule will be fixed in cooperation with the participants during the first course meeting. The teaching will make extensive use of flipped classroom approaches.

Compulsory activities

  • Participation in at least 7 of the seminars/workshops
  • Submission of draft assignment
  • Giving feedback on fellow students’ draft assignment

All compulsory activities must be approved in order to qualify for the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to check whether or not the compulsory activities are approved.

The first draft is only valid for one semester.

 This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Term paper, 10 pages. Detailed information on the term paper will be given by the course teacher at the start of the semester.


Previous exam questions and censor guidelines.

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.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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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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.

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