Course requirements

1. Regular attendance, completion of assigned reading and participation in class discussion. You should come to class having completed the assigned reading indicated for each class meeting (i.e., indicated in the syllabus under the date of a particular class meeting) , except, of course, at the first class meeting. A list of readings will be given out with complete bibliographical information, which you will need if you are going to cite these readings in your papers.

In addition to free-form discussion, students will be asked to take turns in opening or leading class discussion on topics of their choice.

I will take attendance in class. More than three absences (except in case of illness or other emergency, please inform me promptly) will result in the lowering of your final grade for the course by half a grade point. E.g., A will become A-.

20 % of course grade

2. Writing assignments. Three 6-8 page papers on a specific topic of your choice. One out of the three papers should be an essay in religious biography, i.e., a discussion of the life and contributions of a historical person in the Hindu tradition.

I will give guidelines and suggestions for potential topics. For each paper, please submit by e-mail a topic, brief abstract and bibliography for your paper by the date designated on the syllabus. I will respond to the proposal with comments and suggestions. Please note deadlines for the submission of papers and meet them.

Late papers (upto 7 days beyond the deadline) receive an automatic reduction of half a grade point (e.g., A becomes A-). Papers handed in later than 7 days beyond the deadline will not be graded.

Papers are due on Fri. 10/20, Tue. 11/21 and noon on Thurs. 12/21.

80% of course grade

Material Required for purchase

1. Books: (College Bookstore, Blanchard Hall).

Diana L Eck, Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India (Anima Books, 1988, 3rd ed).

Thomas Hopkins, The Hindu Religious Tradition. (Wadsworth, 1971)

David Kinsley, Hinduism: A Cultural Introduction (Prentice-Hall, 1993, 2nd ed.

A.K. Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists ( Dover, 1968).

2. Reading packet and packet of handouts and bibliographies: available for purchase at the department office (9-3). Cost TBA. MHC students: charge. 5-college students: personal checks or cash.