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Term begins 16 July 2017

ONLINE COURSES
Vedas and Upanishads
This course provides a broad understanding of the Vedas and the Upanishads and the beliefs and practices they advocate. The Vedas and the Upanishads are truly vast in their extent and there are few if any who can claim to have full knowledge of their contents. Hence what we aim to do here is present a broad outline of the principal themes and then indulge in a more detailed study of a limited number of selected passages.
$175 AUD
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Introduction to Hinduism–Ritual, Yoga, Caste, and Gender
In this introduction to Hinduism, we look first of all at Hindu religious practice, including temple ritual and the meditational techniques of classical yoga. We then move on to explore social Hinduism, and in particular issues of caste and gender, before considering the ways in which the religion has sought to respond to the challenges posed by foreign rule and the onset of modernity. In the final part of the course, we take the opportunity to look in a little more detail at some of the great works of Hindu religious literature.
$175 AUD
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Introduction to Hinduism–History, Text, Philosophy
This course provides a broad survey of Hindu history, scripture, and thought. The principal idea here is to explore what is meant by the terms 'Hinduism' or 'Hindu Dharma' and thereby go some way towards an understanding of what is meant by the Hindu identity and the significance of this identity, both traditionally and in the modern world.
$175 AUD
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Philosophy of Yoga
A detailed study of the origins and development of Yoga. We begin with the ideas of Vedanta and Samkhya on which the earliest expositions of Yoga are based. This preliminary study will then provide a basis for a consideration of the teachings on Yoga found in the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and Yoga Sutras as well as a thorough review of the Tantric roots of Hatha Yoga practice. This course gives a detailed understanding of the fundamental ideas on which Yoga practice is based and the ways in which it has developed during the ensuing millennia.
$175 AUD
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Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is an exposition of belief and practice that has had an immeasurable influence on the formation of Hindu Dharma. In this course we study the main themes of Krishna’s discourse and the principal ideas within the eighteen chapters (700 verses) of Bhagavad Gita. You are provided with a full English translation of the Gita and discussions of the meaning and significance of these verses. We also reflect on the contemporary significance of the teachings and their relevance to the modern world.
$175 AUD
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Three Short Upanishads
This course is a detailed study of three of the shortest of the major Upanishads: the Kena, the Ishavasya and the Mandukya. Despite the brevity of these works, they are fundamental to the doctrines taught by Hindu Dharma. In many ways they can be regarded as foundational works for Hindu religious teachings. Because these Upanishads are so short we can undertake a verse-by-verse study, with reference to the commentary of Shankaracharya and others. As we proceed we will reflect on the significance of the teachings in relation to the contemporary practice of various forms of Hindu spirituality.
$175 AUD
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IN YOUR OWN TIME

AT YOUR OWN PACE

ONLINE


HOW IT WORKS

DELIVERY

Course delivery is 100% online

Seven weekly sessions

Study in your own time

Your tutor is available by email and forums

You can communicate online with your fellow students

MATERIALS

All course materials are delivered via the web

Student forums with tutor participation

Recorded lectures available in video and mp3 format

Lecture notes available online and as pdf

Audio interviews with specialists in Hindu Studies at Oxford University

Supplementary materials taken from the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies teaching and research programme

ASSESSMENT

Assessment for each course is optional and is on the basis of successful completion of a single essay of 2000 words.

Don’t worry about technical skills – if you can handle email then you’re ready to go.

TIME LIMITS

Courses can be completed in as little as seven weeks. There is a final deadline for essays of twelve weeks from the beginning of the course.

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WHAT OUR FRIENDS SAY

THE COURSE TEAM
Dr Nick Sutton
Dr Nick Sutton
Tutor, Course development
Dr Sutton received his Phd from Lancaster University (1995). His thesis was on the religious teachings of the Mahabharata. Dr Sutton has been teaching Hinduism for two decades. He lectures in Religious Studies for the Open University, and in Hinduism for the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Religious Doctrines in the Mahabharata and a translation of the Bhagavad-gita.
Dr-Jason-Birch-OCHS
Dr Jason Birch
Tutor, Course development
Jason received a doctorate in Oriental Studies from Oxford in 2013. His area of research is the medieval yoga traditions. He is a post-doctoral researcher at SOAS, where he is working on the ERC-funded Haṭha Yoga Project. At SOAS he teaches a Sanskrit reading class on yoga texts and the history of medieval yoga for their MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. He has been practising yoga and reading Sanskrit yoga texts for twenty years.
Dr Layne Little
Dr Layne Little
Tutor, Course development
Layne teaches Hinduism, Buddhism, Esoterism, and Religion and Popular Culture at U.C. Berkeley and at California State University: Sacramento. He wrote the “Hinduism” and “Buddhism” chapters in Oxford University Press’ newest world religions textbook, Invitation to World Religions. He is co-author of OUP’s Invitation to Western Religions and Invitation to Asian Religions. In addition, he has published numerous articles on Śaiva Siddhānta, Tamiḻ Literature, and Siddha Tantrism.
Daniel Simpson
Daniel Simpson
Tutor
Daniel has worked as a bureau chief for Reuters, and reported from Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He covered the Balkans for the New York Times. He's published a book about quitting that job to run a music festival. He writes about and studies yoga and meditation. He's researching a dissertation on mindfulness teaching in schools at SOAS, University of London. He likes working with interviews and first-hand observation.
Archana Venkateshan
Dr Archana Venkatesan
Course development
Dr. Archana Venkatesan is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and in Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. She has worked mainly on Andal, the female Alvar poet-saint, and published an award-winning translation of her poetry (The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli). She is working, with Prof. Francis X. Clooney (Harvard), on a translation of the Tiruvaymoli, one of the most important collections of Tamil devotional poetry.
Tushar Shah
Tushar Shah
Tutor
​Tushar Shah is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge focusing on the role of the guru in modern Hindu traditions. He completed an MSt in Study of Religions at Oxford and most recently spent nine months in India studying Sanskrit and Hindu shastra. He has been delivering lectures and presentations on Hinduism for several years and has tutored OCHS Continuing Education courses since 2014.
Dr Jessica Frazier
Dr Jessica Frazier
Course development
Dr Jessica Frazier has degrees in Sanskrit, Religious Studies, and Philosophy of Religion from Oxford and Cambridge. Dr Frazier edits the Journal of Hindu Studies and teaches Hinduism and other religious traditions at Birkbeck College, Oxford University, and other institutions around the UK. She recently published Reality, Religion, and Passion, a comparison of Western and Indian approaches to religious truth.
Dr Ramesh Pattni
Dr Ramesh Pattni
Tutor
Ramesh completed his D.Phil. at Oxford on Yoga Psychology based on the Yogasūtra of Patañjali. He has taught Hinduism since 1993 and has an interest in the psychological and philosophical aspects of Advaita Vedanta and their practical applications. He has taught at Cambridge University and other institutions, and does regular workshops and seminars on Hinduism. He has worked in interfaith forums in the UK and is the past Co-Chair of the Hindu Christian Forum (UK) and a past Director of the Interfaith Network UK.
Anuradha Dooney
Anuradha Dooney
Course development
Anuradha Dooney, Bachelors Degree in Social Science, from University College Dublin (1985). Curriculum writer for religious education courses in the UK and Belgium. Anuradha was awarded her MSt in the Study of Religion, from Oxford in 2003. Her thesis was an exploration of faith development in Vaishnava Hinduism. Anuradha teaches courses in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, and Leicester.
Lal Krishna
Lal Krishna
Administration, Course development
Lal Krishna is from Australia. He studied Linguistics at Deakin University, Melbourne, and has a BSc in Computing. Lal is your first port of call if you need help with anything administrative or technical. You can email him at [email protected] or by using the contact form.
Rembert Lutjeharms OCHS
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms
Course development
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Oriental Studies (Indology) from the University of Ghent, Belgium, 2003. He completed his D.Phil. in Theology at Oxford in 2010, focusing on the theology of the sixteenth-century Caitanya Vaishnava poet and literary critic Kavikarnapura. His research interests are Sanskrit poetry and poetics, early Caitanya Vaisnava history, and Sanskrit hermeneutics.

THE OXFORD CENTRE FOR HINDU STUDIES

These courses are taught by the Continuing Education Department of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford and a registered charity.

The principal aim of the Centre is the study of Hindu culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, history, arts, and society, in all periods and in all parts of the world. All Hindu traditions are included.

The Continuing Education Department of the OCHS has been providing courses in Hinduism throughout the UK since 2003. The online version of the course makes it accessible to students throughout the UK and globally.

Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies