Universität Wien FIND

142087 KO Colloquium on the philosophies and religions of South Asia for advanced students (2021W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 24 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Mi 14:45-16:15, SR 5, ab 6.10.
Format of teaching
The course will be conducted on-site as long as this format will be possible per the pandemic-related rules communicated by the University.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

After the distribution of the initially relevant materials, a PhD project in its intermediate phase and its results will be focused upon, followed by several sessions that will be devoted to an MA project in its intermediate stage. Finally, we will discuss various issues relevant to a further advanced PhD project. In the course of the meetings, specific aspects of these projects will be discussed in terms of their structure and organization as well as source material and content, and from the theoretical–methodological points of view. This will include oral presentations, the critical reading of selected passages from the relevant Sanskrit literature and the discussion of secondary literature.
(1) “Gāyatrī: Mantra and Mother of the Veda”
(2) “The Notion of the Three Kinds of Suffering (ādhyātmika, ādhibhautika, ādhidaivika) in Classical and Medieval Sanskrit Literature”
(3) “The Beginning of the Vaiśeṣika(sūtra): A Study of the Traditional Conceptualizations of the Origin of the Vaiśeṣika Tradition and of the Interpretations of the Initial Sūtra-s in the Vaiśeṣikasūtra”
The course participants are expected to thoroughly prepare for the meetings by working through the distributed materials and to actively involve themselves in class by means of focused questions and problematization, original contributions to the discussion, the presentation of independently prepared translations, brief oral presentations, etc.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

50% of the grade are based on class participation in the form of the presentation of translations, text analyses, supplementary research, brief oral presentations, etc., of active involvement in the interpretation of the selected texts, historical analyses, formation of hypotheses, etc., and of contributions to the theoretical–methodological discussions. The remaining 50% are based either on a focused oral presentation involving the analysis of pertinent materials, or on a piece of written work (approximately 15 pages) on one of the topics of the course. The minimum requirement for a positive assessment is the average achievement of 37% of the overall possible points for each component of the assessment.
Regular attendance is obligatory and essential. If more than three class meetings are missed, the overall assessment will be negative.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

As this is a course designed for third-semester students of the MA program “Languages and Cultures of South Asia” as well as for PhD students, successful completion of modules 4 or 5 as well as module 3a of this MA program is required. The completion of both module 4 and module 5 as well as of either module 6a, 6c or 6d is recommended.



See moodle for the complete list.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MASK8a (KO a), Dissertantenseminar

Letzte Änderung: Mi 17.11.2021 14:28