Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Basic Information
  • Begins in wintersemester
  • Duration: 6 semester
Course Guidance
  • Anand Mishra, M.A.
  • Contact hours:
  • Tues. 02:00-04:00 p.m.
  • (and also by arrangement)
  • South Asia Institute, Room 305
  • (Email:)  E-Mail
Website of the BA SAS programme

Cultural and Religious History of South Asia in B.A. South Asian Studies

B.A. in South Asian Studies provides a unique opportunity to study the multifaceted aspects of indian subcontinent. Designed to facilitate a flexible combination of modules from diverse disciplines and a number of languages.

Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) can be studied in a focussed and flexible manner within the B.A. in South Asian Studies programme.

The first phase of the 6 semester (3 year) long B.A. Programme concentrates on acquiring good knowledge of Sanskrit.

The next phase is dedicated towards a more intensive direct readings of primary textual sources and developing the aptitude to critically analyze and contextualize the content.

Introductory courses on cultural and religious traditions and other areas in the field of indological studies as well as basic research methods can be studied under the following module.

In the following module a second language, reflecting the local traditions, is learned to complement the Sanskrit sources.

More advanced topics in the field of social-history of Hinduism e.g. Dharma-literature including caste system, life-cycle rituals, social hierarchy and organization of indian society, kingship and law, political systems and gender relationships or in the area of philosophical systems, grammar and other indigenous knowledge are covered in the following module, which finally provide one of the topics upon which a Bachelor Thesis is submitted.

After completion of the B.A. Programme a student can either continue to study the M.A. Programme offered in the Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) or pursue other associated openings.

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