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TITLE Sanskrit

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This unit is for students with no prior knowledge of Sanskrit. The study-unit will allow students to become familiar with the Sanskrit Devanagari script and to translate phrases as well as whole passages into English.

Learning Objectives:

• To acquire an understanding of the linguistic structure of Sanskrit;
• To read, appreciate and make a personal response to selected passages of Sanskrit literature;
• To acquire some understanding of the civilization within which one of the richest literatures in the world was produced;
• To develop a sensitive and intelligent approach to language by looking at other Indo-European languages such as English in relation to a language of very different structure, and by observing the influence of Sanskrit on English;
• To broaden the outlook of students by introducing them to a culture very different from our Christian civilization and very different from the European culture of today;
• To deepen interest and experience by considering also social, linguistic and ethical issues which emerge from the above.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. This will include a Glossary of Sanskrit terms as well as Invocations and Mantras in Sanskrit/English.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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