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TITLE Sanskrit Culture: The Roots of the Indo-European Civilizations

LEVEL H - Higher Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION Considering that/how European civilization has now become the model of contemporary humanity at large, this Unit will look into the sources, the root matrix wherefrom it derives. The Sanskrit epic civilization Unit shall focus on issues (predominantly philosophical) and themes that mould and form what comes to be the Latin and Ancient Greek (both derivatives of the Sanskrit language) beginnings of Western culture.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to appreciate and recognize in no uncertain terms the ancient eastern sources of what came to be known as western culture.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to critically assess the invaluable links we have with that peculiarly human genius that through language actually creates the world we inhabit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Billington, R. (1997) Understanding Eastern Philosophy. Routledge.
- Leaman, O. (1999) Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy. Routledge.
- Cooper, D. E. (1996) World Philosophies. Blackwell.
- Relevant articles in Mircea Eliade (ed) (1987) The Encyclopedia of Religion. New York and London: Mac Publ. Co.
- Carr, B., and Mahalingam, I., (ed) (1997) Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy. Routledge.
- Deutsche, E., and Bontekoe, R. (1999) A Companion to World Philosophies. Blackwell.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Research Paper Yes 100%


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