Syllabus for Text Course in Hindi I: Literature and Religion in South Asia

Textkurs i hindi I: Sydasiens litteratur och religion

Syllabus

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 5HD702
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Indology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2014-09-30
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-03-07
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 11, 2019
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree with specialisation in Hindi, Indology or the equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is part of the Master's Programme in languages, specialisation Indologi-Hindi (semester 1), and can also be taken as an independent course.

Learning outcomes

In order to obtain the grade Pass on completion of the course, the student should at least be able to:
- translate literary texts and media texts from Hindi to Swedish/English by means of dictionaries;
- account for and discuss the history of Hindi literature in its South Asian context up to today;
- account for and discuss South Asia's history of religions from around 1000 AD till today;
- show advanced knowledge within some part of the following two fields: Hindi-literature or media in South Asia. The field is chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.
- show ability to integrate knowledge, to translate, analyse, assess and handle complex questions, phenomena and situations with limited information, and discuss conclusions, the knowledge and the arguments that underlies these in written and clear account;
- show ability to orally and clearly account for and discuss conclusions and the knowledge and the arguments that underlies these in dialogue with different student groups.

Content

This course treats South Asia's literary and religious development during the colonial and post-colonial time with special emphasis on the decades after independence (1947). The course includes Hindi text reading, a general overview of ideological debates and the modernisation process and its religious and social dimensions, regional differences, changes in the life style of people and attitudes, gender, demography and minorities The course also gives insight in current changes in discourses about religion and secularism following their expression in contemporary literature and in media texts. The course also contains a specialisation within a field chosen by the student in consultation with the course coordinator and a written and oral presentation of this.

Instruction

The instruction consists of lectures, workshops and assessment. In the course, written and oral presentation of the minor essay is included. The student's own learning activities are of crucial weight for the work in the course, which requires attendance and active participation in the lectures.

Assessment

The course includes 3 examination parts:
1. written examination;
2. minor essay (about 10 pages) with a focus on either Hindi-litteratur or media in South Asia;
3. oral presentation of minor essay (normally 15 min, PowerPointpresentation sequence of 10 min. and discussion of the research results).

Part 1 and 2 is assessed accordingly with the mark passed with distinction/passed/failed and part 3 accordingly with passed/failed. In order to obtain the grade Pass, a Pass is required in all parts. For the grade Pass with distinction, the same grading is required in part 1 and 2 and at least Pass in part 3.


If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have formed part of the requirements within another degree course.

Reading list

Reading list

A revised version of the reading list is available.

Applies from: week 12, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Jindal, K. B. A history of Hindi literature

    2nd rev. and enlarged ed.: New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1993

    Find in the library

  • Gonda, Jan A history of Indian literature. : Vol. 8 [Modern Indo-Arayan literatures, part I]

    Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1984

    Find in the library

  • Gonda, Jan A history of Indian literature. : Vol. 8 [Modern Indo-Aryan literatures, part I]

    Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1974

    Find in the library

  • Gonda, Jan A history of Indian literature. : Vol. 8 [Modern Indo-Arayan literatures, part I]

    Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1978

    Find in the library

  • Shackle, Christopher; Snell, Rupert Hindi and Urdu since 1800 : a common reader

    London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1990

    Find in the library

  • Chakrabarty, Bidyut Communal identity in India : its construction and articulation in the twentieth century

    New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions