This is a list of South Asian studies courses. For more information, see Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures.
SOAS:1502 Asian Humanities: India3 s.h.
Introduction to four thousand years of South Asian civilization, through popular stories. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as RELS:1502.
SOAS:1550 Sex, Music, and Pop Culture in India3 s.h.
Exploration of debates and conflicts around gender and sexuality in Indian and South Asian popular culture, particularly music; shifting representations of gender relations, sexuality, gender/sexual identities in Indian music; focus on postcolonial period; how folk music, film songs, and classical music (among other genres) have dealt with issues such as changing conceptions of womanhood or masculinity, "queer" or gender/sexually variant communities and identities; how popular culture has negotiated questions of gender and sexuality in relation to nationhood, globalization, and cultural identity.
SOAS:2101 First-Year Hindi-Urdu: First Semester5 s.h.
Reading, writing, speaking. Offered fall semesters of odd years. GE: World Languages First Level Proficiency.
SOAS:2102 First-Year Hindi-Urdu: Second Semester5 s.h.
SOAS:2901 First-Year Sanskrit: First Semester4 s.h.
Grammar, basic vocabulary; elementary readings. Offered fall semesters of even years. Requirements: undergraduate standing. GE: World Languages First Level Proficiency. Same as CLSA:2901.
SOAS:2902 First-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester4 s.h.
Readings in epic and story literature. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Requirements: undergraduate standing. GE: World Languages Second Level Proficiency. Same as CLSA:2902.
SOAS:3101 Second-Year Hindi-Urdu: First Semester4 s.h.
Conversation, reading of folktales and modern short stories. Offered fall semesters of even years. Prerequisites: SOAS:2102. GE: World Languages Second Level Proficiency.
SOAS:3102 Second-Year Hindi-Urdu: Second Semester4 s.h.
SOAS:3448 The Allure of Krishna: Sacred Sexuality in Indian Culture3 s.h.
For thousands of years, Krishna, the dark-skinned flute-player, has been central to the religious experience of many Hindus; his diverse roles as mischievous divine child, sensual teenage cowherd, and adult statesman, warrior, and philosopher celebrated in poetry and prose, painting and sculpture, music, dance, drama, film, and television; exploration of multiple facets of Krishna's character through literary and visual sources, performances; focus on Indian interpretations of erotic content prominent in his story and to the figure of Radha, Krishna's mistress and beloved. Same as RELS:3448.
SOAS:3500 Queerness in South Asian Literature and Cinema3 s.h.
Debates and conflicts around gender or sexual variance in South Asian cultural spheres; shifting representations of queerness—a broad label for non-normative gender/sexual practices or identities—in literature and films from India and neighboring regions; diverse constructions of gender/sexuality in precolonial India; focus on postcolonial period when regulation of deviant gender/sexuality became tied to colonial administration and emerging national identity; how cultural representations constructed normative or deviant genders/sexualities in relation to class, caste, and nationhood.
SOAS:3901 Second-Year Sanskrit: First Semester3 s.h.
Readings in epic and puranic texts. Offered fall semesters of odd years. Requirements: undergraduate standing. GE: World Languages Second Level Proficiency. Same as CLSA:3901.
SOAS:3902 Second-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester3 s.h.
The Bhagavadgita and related religious/philosophical texts. Offered spring semesters of even years. Requirements: undergraduate standing. GE: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency. Same as CLSA:3902.
SOAS:3920 Enlightenment: Cross-Cultural Experiments in Religious Realization3 s.h.
Enlightenment as one of the most important ideas that feeds contemporary religious and spiritual imagination; exploration of this concept in contemporary religious and spiritual discourse. Same as RELS:3582.
SOAS:4101 Third-Year Hindi-Urdu: First Semester3 s.h.
Advanced level Hindi texts; speaking, writing. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: SOAS:3102.
SOAS:4102 Third-Year Hindi-Urdu: Second Semester3 s.h.
SOAS:4103 Individual Hindi for Advanced Studentsarr.
Readings in medieval and modern Hindi.
SOAS:4201 Third-Year Sanskrit: First Semester3 s.h.
Readings in philosophical and literary Sanskrit. Offered fall semesters.
SOAS:4202 Third-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester3 s.h.
Continuation of SOAS:4201. Offered spring semesters.
SOAS:4802 South Asian Research Seminararr.
Faculty and student research.
SOAS:5201 Individual Sanskrit for Advanced Studentsarr.
Research, translation projects. Requirements: fourth-year proficiency.