Northern Arizona University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion



Humanities 362 - Section 01 - Spring 2004

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Please consult The Registrar's website for university policies regarding Reading Week and Final Examinations. They are strictly followed.
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(All texts are in paperback and may be purchased at the NAU Bookstore.)


Throughout the semester, readings outside of the textbooks will be assigned. These readings will be announced in class. They will either be made available in class or placed on reserve at the Cline Library.
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Humanities 362 is an upper-division course with a prerequisite of sophomore standing or higher. It requires mature college skills such as self-discipline, the ability to read texts closely, and the ability to write concisely. If you are uncertain of your strengths in these areas, perhaps you should consider other options.
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This course satisfies the liberal stuides requirements in the following areas:
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A body that encompasses the entire world;
Speech that abounds everywhere;
Jewelry that is the moon and sun;
You embody the divine expression of truth.
This Sanskrit poem is still used in Hindu schools as a statement of the unitary nature of all art - dance (body), literature and music (speech), and the visual arts
The catalog description of this course is, "an examination of the arts and literature of South Asia, particularly of India, for their images of humanit." The course will employ all appropriate hermeneutic strategies to interpret the cultural heritage of South Asia. By the end of the semester the student will have a foundation for understanding the diversity and complexity of South Asian culture; an understanding of the artistic, historical, religious, and societal matrices within which the major themes of the Humanities are embedded; and a knowledge of important artistic styles and expressions.

In order to achieve these goals it is imperative that each of you attend class, take good notes, read, listen, think, be open-minded, question assumptions (your own, mine, and those of the South Asian tradition), strive to understand and to be considerate of the views of others, and develop informed and educated views of your own.
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Only points scored will be recorded for each assessment with the possibility of 550 total points.
Grades will be assigned according to the percentage of points earned.
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Attendance is part of the assessment criteria. It is the students' responsibility to notify the instructor at the end of a class in case of tardiness or not having heard their names called. Absences will remain on record if this has not been done at the end of the class period. There are no exceptions.
Extra Credit:
No extra credit work will be approved. Each individual is expected to keep track of her/his progress during the semester and the final grade will reflect the entire senester span.
Make-Up and Late Policy:
Unless the absence is a medical emergency, the approval to provide a make-up exam or accept a late paper must be obtained during a personal conference with the instructor prior to the scheduled evaluation date. No make-up examinations will be given or late papers accepted unless there is valid written documentation from a doctor, hospital, or agreed upon third party, or an Institutional Exscuse presented in accordance with university guidelines. As a rule of thumb, accepted late papers will be lowered one grade point regardless of the circumstances.
Academic Dishonesty:
The Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion considers cheating a serious issue and deals with it severely. Any student found cheating on an assignment will fail that assignment.
Challenges to Assigned Grades:
Challenges to assigned grades and requests to rewrite papers are welcomed. They demonstrate that you are seriously thinking about the material in the course. However, they will only be considered when presented in writing. Written challenges will accomplish two goals: (1) a written format provides you with the opportunity to present an articulate and well considered argument (and therefore more likely to be favorably considered); and (2) a written request provides a record of the grade transaction in case there are questions at a later times.
Challenges and requests for re-writes must be submitted within one week of the return of the graded assignment. Re-writes are accepted only after a meeting with the instructor.
NAU policy is not to assign a grade of Incomplete except in extreme circumstances that are DOCUMENTED to be beyond a student's control. Incompletes are never given because a student is dissatisfied with a final grade and hopes to complete additional post-course work to improve the grade.
The deadline to drop/delete courses is February 6. The deadline to withdraw from a course will a W is March 12. After that time, you must petition to drop a course and pay a $25 Late Fee. Approval of the petition is never automatic. I, the chair of this department, and the dean of this college have never approved a petition to withdraw because a student is dissatisfied with a grade.
Academic Contact Hour Policy:
The Arizona Board of Regents Academic Contact Hour Policy (ABOR Handbook, 2-206, Academic Credit) states: "an hour of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of class time . . . at least 15 contact hours of recitation, lecture, discussion, testing or evaluation, seminar, or colloquium as well as a minimum of 30 hours of student homework is required for each unit of credit."
The reasonable interpretation of this policy is that for every credit hour, a student should expect, on average, to do a minimum of two additional hours of work per week; e.g., preparation, homework studying for every class meeting.
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HUM. 362.01

This is not engraved in stone and may be rearranged as the semester progresses

Monday Wednesday Friday
Jan 12
First day of instruction
Jan 14
Video - Monsoon
Introducation and Chapter 1 of Contemporary India
Jan 16
Discussion of Class Project
Chapter 12, Contemporary India
Jan 19
University closed
Jan 21
Craven, Intro. and Chapter 1
Contemporary India, Chapter 2
Jan 22
Indus Valley
Jan 26
Paper I
Craven, Chapter 2
Arya, Vedas, Upanishads
Jan 28
Jan 30
Craven, Chapter 3
Maurya Empire
Feb 2
Craven, Chapter 4
The Shunga
Feb 4
Craven, Chapters 4 and 5
Feb 8
Craven, Chapter 5
The Adhra Dynasty
Feb 9
Craven, Chapter 6
The Kushan - Gandhara
Feb 11
Craven, Chapter 6
The Kushan - Muthura
Feb 13
Craven, Chapter 7
The Gupta Dynasty - Buddhist sites
Feb 16
Craven, Chapter 7
Feb 18
Craven, Chapter 9
pp. 167-175
Feb 20
Feb. 23
Feb. 25
Craven, Chapter 7
Gupta and Post-Gupta
Feb. 27
Craven, Chapter 7
March 1
Craven, Chapter 8
Southern Medieval
March 3
No class meeting
work on River Sutra paper
March 5
No calss meeting
work on River Sutra paper
March 8
Spring Break
No classes
March 10
Spring Break
No classes
March 12
Spring Break
No classes
March 15
River Sutra paper due
Craven, Chapter 9
Northern Medieval
March 17
Craven, Chapter 9
March 19
March 22
Craven, Chapter 10
March 24
Craven, Chapter 10
March 26
Craven, Chapter 11
and Epilogue
March 29
Research paper due
Contemporary India, Chapter 8
March 31
Contemporary India, Chapter 8
April 2
Exam II
April 5
April 7
April 9
April 12
Abstract Due
April 14
April 16
April 19
Class project available
April 21
April 26
April 28
April 30