ANS 302K • Introduction to India
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
This course will provide the student with a thorough introduction to India through a variety of disciplinary lenses. The course will proceed in four segments. Each segment will be devoted to one of the four purusarthas, or goals of man, as understood in dominant Hindu culture: dharma (law, religion, ethics), artha (wealth, prosperity, acquisitiveness), kama (love, pleasure, sexuality), and moksa (release, spiritual liberation). Although these categories derive from indigeneous Hindu paradigms, we will regard them as inclusive themes during the course of our study, and will examine analogous developments in heterodox and minority segments of Indian society, as well. During each segment, we will read a major classical work that deals specifically with each paradigm, and will then examine ways in which each concept manifests in contemporary society.
2 short topics papers (5-7 pgs): 50% 2 take-home essay exams: 50%
Mines, Diane P. and Sarah Lamb, eds. Everyday Life in South Asia Doniger, Wendy and Sudhir Kakar, trans. Kamasutra Miller, Barbara Stoler, trans. Yoga, Discipline of Freedom: the Yogasutra attributed to Patanjali Anand, Mulk Raj. Coolie Roy, Arundhati. The Cost of Living Course packet of additional readings.