1 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION IN INDIA RS 374.001/PHIL 374.001, T-Th 6:30pm-7:45pm, HSS105 University of Tennessee, Spring 2012 Instructor: Dr. Robert Goodding Email: email@example.com, office: McClung Tower 525, phone: 974-2466 Office hours by appointment only. Course Description: This course examines the principal themes, institutions, doctrines, practices, myths, and symbols of Hinduism, the dominant religion of the Indian subcontinent. It gives special attention to the historical development of the tradition and its relation to social and cultural life of South Asia. "Hinduism" is not one religion, but many diverse strands of religious traditions that originated on the Indian subcontinent over roughly the last 3000 years. Course Objectives: While tracing the various manifestations of the Hindu traditions: the Vedic, Brahmanical, ascetic, devotional, tantric, and the modern, we will question what "religion" means in the Hindu context. Due to the scope of Hinduism, we will make only a selection of this vast cultural heritage through lectures, readings, and videos. No prior knowledge of South Asia or Hinduism is required. Texts: (Available for purchase at the UT Bookstore): Hillary Rodrigues, Introducing Hinduism, Routledge, 2006. Patrick Olivelle tr., The Upani?ads, Oxford, 1998. R. K. Narayan tr., The Ramayana, Penguin, 1998. W. J. Johnson tr., The Bhagavad Gita, Oxford, 1996 Barbara Stoler Miller tr., Yoga: Discipline of Freedom, Bantam, 1998. Diana Eck, Dar?an: Seeing the Divine Image in India, Columbia, 1998. Edward Dimock & Denise Levertov, In Praise of Krishna, Chicago. 1981. Other selected readings are available on the Blackboard or will be distributed in class. Requirements and Evaluation: Assigned readings are due before class. Three quizzes each worth 5% of the final grade, 15% total. Mid-Term exam worth 20% Final exam worth 20%. These quizzes and exams will include both the identification of terms, multiple choice and essay questions. You cannot make up a missed quiz or exam except in such cases as: medical emergencies with a note signed by a physician, family emergencies, or other events accompanied by a signed release recognized by the University. Attendance at ALL classes and prompt arrival worth 5%. See attendance policy below. Discussion group participation worth 10%. There will be six discussion days, each worth 1.66% of the total grade. Students will form groups of five and designate a group leader. To receive credit you must come prepared to participate. Worksheets with discussion questions will be distributed and each student must hand in his or her responses based on the group's discussion at the end of class. Two essays on assigned topics each worth 15% of the final grade, 30% total. Your essay must consist of more than 1000 of your own words on the assigned topic (excluding long quotations, headings, and bibliography) and will be scored according 2 to paper rubric I will provide. These essays are short, interpretive theme papers on assigned topics based on the required reading. The essay topics will be posted on the Blackboard website under "Assignments." A link will be provided there on Blackboard under "Assignments" through which you will upload your document file. All files must be in either MSWord or PDF format. I cannot read .wps or .odt. Also, you must upload your document file a second time to the link in SafeAssignment on Blackboard that also will be provided for the specific assignment. SafeAssignment helps as a deterrent against plagiarism by checking the language in a paper against the entire WWW. Any paper submitted that is less than the word requirement will be reduced by 1 point. All assignments are due on Blackboard at the specified time when the Assignment and Safe Assign links close. Late papers will receive 3/4 credit in the first week, and 1/2 credit after one week. Attendance Policy: Attendance will be based on the attendance sheet handed around class and will be recorded. It is the students' responsibility to sign the attendance sheet each day. You must give me a reasonable excuse for your absence, usually an illness, a medical or family emergency, team sports, or other University activities. Failure to attend lectures and class discussion days and excessive tardiness will have an increasingly harmful effect on your final grade. After 2 unexcused absences, 1 percentage point of the final total will be taken off for each subsequent unexcused absence. It is important to take attendance seriously if you expect to receive a good grade. Grading Scale: A (93-100); A- (90-92); B+ (87-89); B (83-86); B- (80-82); C+ (77-79); C (73-76); C- (70-72); D+ (67-69); D (63-66); D- (60-62); F (59 and below) Academic Honesty: Any work that appears to be copied from the text, any other resource, or any other student is considered to be plagiarism and may be referred to an Academic Review Board and the Office of the Dean of Students. Plagiarism and cheating in any form will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Learning Assistance: The University will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. To arrange accommodations students should contact the Office of Disability Services at 2227 Dunford Hall, 974-6087, firstname.lastname@example.org It is the student's responsibility to discuss any necessary accommodations with the appropriate faculty member. Other Assistance: The Writing Center is located at HSS 212, 974-2611, email@example.com. The Success Center at 1817 Melrose Ave, 946-4357, firstname.lastname@example.org. Minority Student Affairs at 1800 Melrose Ave, 974-6861. DATE TOPIC ASSIGNMENT 1/12 Introduction to the Course and South Asia ORIGINS 1/17 Indus Valley and the Aryans Read Rodrigues Introducing Hinduism pp. 1-23 3 1/19 Vedic Religion Read: Rodrigues pp. 24-33; Doniger The Rig Veda (PDF on Blackboard)"Creation" pp. 23-40. 1/24 First Quiz Vedic Ritual Read: Doniger The Rig Veda (PDFs on Blackboard) "Gods of the Sacrifice" pp. 97-156; "Elements of the Sacrifice" pp. 59-83. Video: Altar of Fire 1/26 The Upani?ads Read: Brereton The Upanishads (PDF on Blackboard); Rodrigues pp. 33-43, 50-54; Olivelle's Upani?ads or some other translation: Tattir?ya Upani?ad, pp. 177- 193; Kena Upani?ad, pp. 226-230; KaĎha Upani?ad, pp. 231-47. 1/31 Class Discussion Day Upani?ads Read closely: B┴had?ra?yaka Upani?ad (3 & 4) pp. 34-72; Chandogya Upani?ad (6) pp. 148-156 & Katha Upani?ad (3) pp. 238-240. THE WAY OF KNOWLEDGE AND RENUNCIATION 2/02 Asceticism and Renunciation Read: Olivelle, "Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement?" (PDF on Blackboard); Rodrigues 115-123. Video: "The Fourth Stage" 2/07 Indian Philosophy Intro Rodrigues 115-123; Start reading: Stoler- Miller Yoga: Discipline of Freedom pp. 1- 43 2/09 Second Quiz Philosophy Cont'd; Patažjali's Yoga Read: Stoler-Miller, Yoga: Discipline of Freedom pp. 44-83. 2/14 Class Discussion Day Yogas┬tras Read: Stoler-Miller, Yoga: Discipline of Freedom DHARMA 2/21 Dharma and Social Order Intro Var???ramadharma Rodrigues pp. 55-102; Start: Narayan, The Ramayana 3-61 2/23 First Essay Due The Epics Read: Rodrigues 136-151; Narayan, The Ramayana 62-105. 2/28 Class Discussion Day R?m?yana Narayan, The Ramayana 3-105. 3/02 Class Discussion Day R?m?yana Read: Narayan, The Ramayana 106-157. 4 3/06 Mid-Term Exam THE WAY OF DEVOTION AND TEMPLE WORSHIP 3/08 Deities and Devotion Intro Read: Rodrigues pp. 222-244; Start reading: Eck, Dar?an pp. 3-58; Video:"P┬j?" 3/13 Hindu Temples Read: Eck, Dar?an pp. 59-92. 3/15 Bhagavad G?t? Start reading: Johnson's The Bhagavad Gita or other translation. Rodrigues pp. 154-168. 3/19-23 Spring Break -- No Class Read: Johnson's The Bhagavad Gita or other translation. 3/27 Class Discussion Day Bhagavad G?t? Read: Johnson The Bhagavad Gita; Rodrigues pp. 154-168. 3/29 Vi??u and Vai??avism Read: Rodrigues pp. 177-180, 199-205. Start: Dimock and Levertov In Praise of Krishna. 4/03 Devotion to K┴??a Read: Rodrigues pp. 199-205; Dimock and Levertov In Praise of Krishna. 4/05 Class Discussion Day Bhakti Poetry on K┴??a and R?dh? Read: Dimock and Levertov In Praise of Krishna. »IVA AND DEV?, TANTRA AND »AKTI 4/10 Third Quiz »iva and »aivism Read: Rodrigues 172-176, 192-199. 4/17 Dev? -- The Goddess Tantra Read: Rodrigues pp. 205-217; 257-269. MEDIEVAL AND MODERN HINDUISM 4/19 Indian Islam and European Colonialism Read: Rodrigues 273-280 4/24 British Colonialism and Modern Hindu Reformers Read: Rodrigues 280-295 4/27 Second Essay Due M. K. Gandhi and Independence Read: Ashis Nandy, "The Final Encounter" (PDF on Blackboard) Final Exam Time: Tuesday, May 8th at 7:15 p.m. ? 9:15 p.m. Robert Goodding's old MacBook Microsoft Word - SP2012_374_UTKHindu.docx
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