Indian Society
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Course title in Estonian
India ühiskond
Course title in English
Indian Society
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
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Course aims
Course on Indian society is trying to analyze in depth brahmanistic (hindu) way of life and traditions of practice. The structure of the course rests on the examination of the characteristics of traditional society based on four castes (brahmana, kshatriya, vaiśya, śūdra), four goals (dharma, artha, kama, moksha) and four stages of life (brahmacārin, grhastha, vanaprastha, parivrājaka).
Brief description of the course
First, lectures deal with sacred texts, mythological and philosophical world view, the vision of an ideal priest. Secondly, we analyze the relations of religion and human society, deal with rituals, religious practice and penance. Thirdly, the course explores the nature of human goals, the law and court practice and one of the ideal ruler, of the kingdom and its administration. Fourth, we look into heavenly reputation and the love of God and man and man and woman relationship.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge of the ideals of Hindu society;
- has the ability to see the values of the society and its ideals in the fabric of history;
- has the ability to understand the past and the modern society of India.
M. Kalda