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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

THEO2200 Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Mikel Burley
Email: M.M.Burley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

Any THEO module(s)

This module is mutually exclusive with

THEO3305Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to the foundations and development of Hindu traditions (from 1500 BCE to 1600 CE) and will also consider the relationship of Hindu to other religious traditions in early India.Students will begin to develop skills in independent learning, discussion and group work on classical Hindu texts, concepts and social and ritual developments. This module will enable students to develop analytical and methodological approaches essential to the study of religion in particular and other social sciences and humanities subject areas more broadly.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students will understand the foundations and developments of Hindu traditions (1500 BCE to 1600 CE); they will have considered the relationship of Hindu to other religious traditions in early India; they will have gained skills in independent learning, discussion and group work on classical Hindu texts, concepts and social and ritual developments; they will have been encouraged to consider, and prepare for, advanced study on Hinduism at Master's level.

Learning outcomes
This module will enable students to develop analytical and methodological approaches essential to the study of religion in particular and other social sciences and humanities subject areas more broadly.


Syllabus

- Introduction to Harappan and Aryan religion and society and to Vedic texts (particularly Rig Veda and early Upanishads).
- Thematic study of Bhagavad Gita or Ramayana (dharma, yoga, karma, bhakti).
- Historical investigation of early Hindu social identities, ritual responsibilities, cultic developments and philosophical movements to 1600 CE.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture12.002.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

178 hours - Seminar preparation; essay preparation; revision; course reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Observation of student participation in seminar discussions
- Checking of the notes that students have made in preparation for seminars.

Although the students' essay will not be due until the end of the semester, they will be permitted to submit a plan or draft mid-way through the semester, and to discuss this with the module leader; this will enable the module leader, as well as the students themselves, to become aware of strengths or weaknesses in students' learning.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

The proposal is to change the exam from unseen to seen. Students will be given the exam questions in Week 8, and will sit the exam at the end of the semester

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/01/2016

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