Who is a Hindu? Why are they called a Hindus? Who started the Hindu “religion”? When did it start? What makes Hinduism different? Is being a Hindu relevant in today’s world? Answers to such questions and more await the students in “Exploring Hinduism” a series of courses that facilitate a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient families of traditions.
Coming in this series of courses, the course, titled “Exploring Hinduism – Geography and History”, will prepare the explorer to trace the geographical location and extent of the roots of the Hindus and also the timeline of this civilization. This course will also throw light on significant events that changed the course of their civilization as well as the course of its narrative. It will help see the Geography and the History of the Hindus from a Hindu perspective and experience how different this narrative is. Open to teens and/or their parents as well as grandparents, either together or separately, this series is designed to take discussion and contemplation from beyond the course window, into the portals of home, family and society.
Course Design and Class Structure
The Course has been designed as 10 sessions that go to build up the picture successively.
Course will be covered with 2 online sessions of 100 minutes each, per week for the USA batch and 1 online session of 100 minutes per week for the Australia Batch
This course involves approximately 10 sessions of 100 minutes each delivered in one quarter. These sessions will cover aspects of the Geography and History of the Hindu Civilization, such as:
- 1. Geographical extent of the Hindu civilization
2. Unique features of this Geography and their influence on the Hindu culture
3. What are the sources for the Hindu history?
4. Tracing the Hindu history with the historicity of Mahabharata and Krishna
5. Tracing the Hindu history with the historicity of Ramayana and Rama
6. Tracing Source, History and Transmission of the Veda
7. How did Hindu history get reduced to Mythology?
8. Was the Aryan Invasion Real or a Myth?
9. Did Alexander invade India and defeat Porus?
10. Do the Geography and History of the Hindus converge? If so where and when?
This course can be taken as the inaugural course of a whole series titled “Exploring Hinduism”, or as a stand-alone course. It can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents. Alternatively, parents who have teens may also benefit from this course.
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course, students will be able to:
1. Discover the geographical extent of the Hindu Civilization
2. Learn about the civilizations it had connects with and how?
3. Realize the advantages that this geography endowed on the Hindu Civilization
4. Learn of its influence on the civilization and its history
5. Learn of the various methods by which the Hindu Civilization kept its records that tells us about the history of this civilization today
6. Uncover the antiquity of this civilization
7. Gain insight into the singular features of both the geography and history of this civilization which make the Hindus, people of this civilization, one of the oldest yet youngest and relevant people for the present world.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Required/ Elective: Core
Quarter Offered: Summer 2022 (US Summer time)
USA Batch –
Days : Saturday and Sunday
Time : 11 :00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST (8:30 pm IST – 10:00 pm EST)
Start Date: July 16, 2022
End Date: August 14, 2022
Australia and New Zealand Batch –
Days : Sunday
Time : 6:00 PM AEST – 7:30 PM AEST (1:30 pm IST – 3:00 pm IST)
Start Date: July 17, 2022
End Date: September 18, 2022