2018 Winter School Subject List

Religious Traditions of South Asia (ASNS2626) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Asian Studies
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Dr Peter Oldmeadow - petereold@optusnet.com.au

(1) Dr Mark Allon - mark.allon@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 09 Jan 2017 
End Date: 01 Feb 2017 
Capacity: 25 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 07 Dec 2016 
Census date: 18 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 18 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisites - 

    12 credit points from junior level Asian Studies, or other subject areas listed in Table A of the Faculty of Arts handbook.


This unit introduces themes in South Asian religions from the Indus Valley Civilisation onward. Attention is paid to the social and cultural contexts in which Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism emerged. Goddess traditions are discussed, as are concepts such as tantra, yoga and meditation, karma and rebirth and dharma. Texts such as Bhagavat Gita are also introduced. A focus will be on the implications of Classical India for an understanding of contemporary Asian cultures, particularly those of South and Southeast Asia


2000 word essay, tutorial presentation and paper equivalent to 2000 words, in-class test, participation


Start Date: 09 Jan 2017     End Date: 01 Feb 2017


  • Mon - Wed, 10:00 - 12:00 hrs


  • Mon-Wed, 13:00 - 14:00 hrs


Quadrangle Building, Room S225