Religions of Ancient India

 

Course Schedule

 

Topics, Texts, Videos


Videos in Green

 

Reading Assignments

 

Primary Texts in Purple

Recommended Readings in Orange

Quizzes &
Written Assignments

 

 

 

Week 1

Tu Aug 28: Introduction to the Course:

Aims, Content, Workload, Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Thu Aug 30:  The Story of India: Beginnings

 

·      Koller, Ch. 1

·      Video Worksheet 1 (in-class)

 

Week 2

Tu Sept 04: Beginnings of Indian Civilization / Geographical and Linguistic Features

·      Trautmann, Ch. 1

 

 

Map Assignment 1 posted today. 
Due Sept 13 in class
(See Assignments page)

 



THE VEDIC AGE
1400-500 BCE

 

Early Vedic Traditions

 

Thu Sept 06:  Aryan Worldview and Society

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 2, pp. 23-32

·      Trautmann,  Ch. 2

 

·      SPQ01, Koller, Ch. 2, pp. 23 (from “The Vedas”) to 32.

 

 

Week 3

Tu Sept 11: Creation and Cosmos in the Vedas

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 3

·      Rig Veda 10.90 - Purusha Sukta [BB]

·      SPQ02: Koller, Ch. 3

 

Th Sept 13: Ecstatic Visions and the Fire Sacrifice

Alter of Fire

 

 

 

 

 

·      Map Assignment 1 Due in Class

·      In-class video worksheet 2

 

 

Late Vedic Traditions

Week 4

Thu Sept 20:  Upanishads -- The Conditions of Human Existence.

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 4

·      Mundaka Upanishad (excerpt) – Sacrifices: Unsteady boats on the ocean of life [BB]

·      SPQ03: Koller, Ch. 4

 

 

Week 5

 Tu Sept 25: Upanishads -- The Divine, the Self, and Liberation

 

 

·      Chandogya Upanishad (excerpt) – The essential reality underlying the world [BB]

·      Map Assignment 1 corrections due in class.

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Th Sept 27: Quiz and Story of India Episode

 

The Story of India: The Power of Ideas

 

·      Trautmann, Ch. 3

QUIZ 1

 

·      In-class video worksheet 2

 

 

 

BUDDHISM AND JAINISM
500-320 BCE



Buddhism

 

Week 6

Tu Oct 02: Introduction to Buddhism

 

Video: The Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

Th Oct 04: Buddha’s teaching on the 

                 Conditions of Suffering

 

 

 

 

·      Kohler Ch. 7, pp. 128-149

·      SQ04: Koller, Ch. 7, pp. 128-149

 



Week 7

Tu Oct 09: No Class (Fall Reading Days)

Th Oct 11: Buddha’s teaching on the

                        Cessation of Suffering

 

·      Kohler, Ch. 7, pp. 149-162

·      In-class video worksheet

·      SPQ05: Koller, Ch. 7, pp. 149-162

·      Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta – Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma (Buddha’s First Sermon) [BB]

                                                        

 

 

 

Jainism

 

Week 8

Th Oct 16:  Jainism: An Introduction


Video: The Frontiers of Peace

 

 

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 06

QUIZ 2

·      SPQ06: Koller, Ch. 6

·      In-class video worksheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Th Oct 18:  MIDTERM EXAM  (Bring Blue Books)

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9

Tu Oct 23: Story of India:

                       Spice Routes and Silk Roads

 

 

 

 

Th Oct 25: Empires

·      Trautmann, Ch 4

 

·      SPQ07: Freebee



Yoga

Week 10

Th Oct 30:  No class (All Day Advising)

 

 

Th Nov 01: Yoga: Central Features, Samkhya Philosophy

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 8

·      SQ08: Koller, Ch. 8

 

 

Week 11

Tu Nov 06: Yoga: Patanjali’s Eight-Limbed Yoga

 

·      Bryant, The Subject Matter of the Yoga Sutras [BB]

·      SPQ09: Subject Matter of the Yoga Sutras [BB]

Th Nov 08: Yoga: Mahamantra and Sound

 

 

Coward, Hearing the Sacred [BB]

·      SPQ10: Coward, Hearing the Sacred [BB]

 

 

Week 12

Tu Nov 13: Story of India: Ages of Gold

QUIZ 3

·      In-class video worksheet

 

 

Syntheses of Early and Late Vedic Traditions

 

Th Nov 15: The Ways and Aims of Vedic Life:

                     Purusharthas and Ashramas,

                     The Bhagavadgita

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 9

 

 

 

·      SPQ11: Koller, Ch. 9

 

 

Week 13

Thanksgiving Break

 

 

 

THE CLASSICAL AGE
320 CE – 1000 CE

Week 14

Tu Nov 27: The Classical Age and Bhakti

 

 

·      Koller, Ch. 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

·      SPQ12: Koller Ch. 10

Th Nov 29: Darshan

 

 

·      Eck, Ch. 1

 

 

Week 15

Tu Dec 04: Shiva & Vishnu / Krishna

 

Guest Lecturer: India Oates

 

·      Koller, Ch. 11

 

 

·      SPQ13: Koller Ch. 11

Th Dec 06:  The Goddess Traditions

 

·      Eck, Ch. 3

QUIZ 4

 

                                                          FINAL EXAM

 

Wednesday December 12th,  9:00 – 11:15 PM

Lib 114

 

 

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the completion of RELG231, students will be able to articulate the core features of multiple religious traditions founded in Ancient India as demonstrated by Speaking accurately about the central ideas of multiple Indian traditions.

 

At the completion of RELG231, students will be able to explain the historical and cultural context of the major traditions of Ancient India as demonstrated by Making accurate statements regarding the emergence and historical embededness of multiple and major traditions in Ancient India.

 

At the completion of RELG231, students will be able to explain both historical and cultural aspects of major traditions in Ancient India as demonstrated by Analyzing the influence of historical and cultural phenomena upon the formation of traditions fin Ancient India.

 

At the completion of RELG231, students will be able to use the vocabulary of Indological Studies or specific religious traditions to articulate the nature of ecstatic cults and possession in India as demonstrated by Speaking and writing about Ancient Indian religions in such a way that draw on the Indological vocabulary of Religious Studies.

 

At the completion of RELG231, students will be able to use appropriate sources in discussions of Indian religious traditions and phenomena as demonstrated by Integrating the central ideas of scholarly articles in class discussions.

 

 

 

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