Readings for the course will demonstrate the complexity of being human, being ethical, and exploring the ultimate meaning of life. Although the course is designed as an overview, we will focus on crucial issues concerning social justice: inequalities in income, privilege, caste, access to resources and education, and the consequences of bad governments and individual greed. The course is based on P. V. Kane’s comprehensive work History of Dharmaśāstra.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Understand the breadth and depth of the textual tradition of dharma
(2) Know key texts, their chronology, key concepts and the debates surrounding them;
(3) Learn how to read, interpret and research based on primary texts; and
(4) Knowledgeably draw on the tradition for understanding contemporary issues.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations
Required/ Elective: Elective
Prerequisites: Completion of History of Dharmaśāstras I
Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri
Quarter Offered: TBD