Course Descriptions

Please note that not all courses may be available during a term.

AP/HND 1000 6.0 Y Elementary Hindi-Urdu

INSTRUCTOR: TBA

PREREQUISITE: No previous knowledge of Hindi or Urdu. Departmental Course Entry Authorization slip is required prior to enrolment. Please visit the office of the department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (Ross S561) in order to receive authorization for enrollment.

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this course is to learn the Hindi writing system (Nagari script) and to develop basic oral and written skills of Hindi-Urdu (the Nastaliq script will be learned in Hindi-Urdu 2000). You will be introduced to formal grammar and everyday vocabulary of Hindi-Urdu and we will practice grammatical concepts and conversational skills in class and in the Multimedia Language Centre. Equal time is spent on reading, writing, listening and speaking comprehension.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week including activities in the Multimedia Language Centre.

EVALUATION: On-time attendance and class performance 30%, assignments 20%, tests 20%, midterm 15%, final exam 15%.

TEXTS: Usha R. Jain, Introduction to Hindi Grammar, 1995; Rupert Snell, Teach Yourself Hindi, 2003; course kit.

AP/HND 1010 6.0 Y Introductory Hindi-Urdu for Heritage Speakers

INSTRUCTOR: TBA

PREREQUISITE: Course credit exclusions: AP/HND 1000 6.0 Not open to: Students who have already taken AP/HND 1000 6.0. Notes: An authorization slip is required; it can be obtained at the Main Office of DLLL, Ross S 561, after the required interview or after a placement questionnaire is filled.

DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students who are able to communicate in colloquial Hindi and/or Urdu to the Nagari writing system and to the basic grammar of Hindi-Urdu. In order to introduce the reading and writing skills, it builds on students' existing speaking and listening competency.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week including activities in the Multimedia Language Centre.

EVALUATION: TBA

TEXTS: TBA

AP/HND 2000 6.0 Intermediate Hindi-Urdu

INSTRUCTOR: Shobna Nijhawan or Nidhi Sachdeva

PREREQUISITE: AP/HND 1000 6.0 or basic knowledge of the Nagari script (reading and writing) and knowledge of modern standard Hindi grammar. Students who have not completed HND 1000 but have studied Hindi and/or Urdu in other contexts (school, home, through movies) must take a placement test prior to enrolment.

DESCRIPTION: The course continues the work covered at the elementary level. It focuses on the acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, studying idiomatic expressions, expanding vocabulary and practice of conversational skills. In addition, the Urdu script (Nastaliq) is introduced. Readings provide cultural information about South Asia and the diaspora. They are selected from Hindi-Urdu literature (prose and poetry), popular movies and documentaries as well as songs.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

EVALUATION: Attendance and class participation 20%, assignments 20%, tests 20%, 2 oral presentations 10%, midterm test 15%, final test 15%.

TEXTS: R.S. McGregor, Hindi-English Dictionary, Oxford, 1993, R. Delacy, Beginner's Urdu Script, London, 2003, one Hindi grammar book, readings are distributed in class.

AP/HND 2700 6.0 South Asian Literature and Culture

INSTRUCTOR: Shobna Nijhawan

PREREQUISITE: None (taught in English)

DESCRIPTION: The objective of this course is to acquire an understanding of the diverse manifestations of South Asian culture in history and the present day. We explore how South Asian culture is imagined and how cultural traditions are embedded in vernacular literature and the popular media. In discussing questions of ideology, representation and cultural memory through the lens of analytical concepts such as gender, class and caste, we will investigate how mainstream cultural manifestations are transmitted, contested and/or reified in literature and film.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

AP/HND 3600 3.0 F South Asian Female Literary Activism

INSTRUCTOR: Shobna Nijhawan

PREREQUISITE: None (taught in English)

DESCRIPTION: The course introduces students to the writings, political activism and films of women from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the South Asian diaspora in the last century and the present day. All texts are in English translation.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

AP/HND 3610 3.0 F Writing of Premchand (1880-1936)

INSTRUCTOR: Shobna Nijhawan

PREREQUISITE: None (taught in English)

DESCRIPTION: Premchand (1880-1936) is one of the most eminent writers of Hindi and Urdu fiction. The course introduces students to his oeuvre as it emerged in a period of heightened nationalist consciousness and anticolonial activism. The readings pay particular attention to Premchand's depiction of the condition of peasants, colonial economic exploitation, and women's issues (dowry, widowhood). We also trace Premchand's literary development from an idealist utopianist and convinced follower of Mahatma Gandhi to a disillusioned fighter.

Note: Knowledge of Hindi and/or Urdu is not required. All readings are available in English translations. Students with advanced knowledge of Hindi and/or Urdu are encouraged to read the original texts.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

AP/HND 3710 3.0 Contemporary Literatures of the South Asian Diaspora

INSTRUCTOR: Shobna Nijhawan

PREREQUISITE: None (taught in English)

DESCRIPTION: This course investigates the phenomenon of South Asian diaspora in historical, postcolonial, and global contexts. Through an analysis of literary expressions of South Asian writers living in Canada, the US, the Caribbean and Europe, it discusses concepts and theories of diaspora studies. The combination of narrative and interdisciplinary scholarly writing familiarizes students with the social features of diaspora and the cultural expressions of the diasporic condition. All readings are in English.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.