W18: Sikh and Punjabi Studies Courses

Winter 2018
No PUNJ course(s) were found for W2018 term.

The class will introduce students to devotional literature in Punjabi, drawing primarily but not exclusively on readings from the Adi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib. The work of the Sikh Gurus and the Bhagats (primarily Kabir and Baba Farid) will both be examined. The class will also examine Sufi literature in Punjabi, primarily the work of Bulhe Shah.

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 Winter 2018

PUNJ403 Modern Punjabi Literature Sections

Popular and literary works in modern Punjabi, with a focus on short stories and poetry. Emphasis on reading, writing, and vocabulary development.

This course aims to develop students’ reading and writing skills in modern Punjabi at an intermediate and advanced level, and to introduce students to literary works in modern Punjabi. Students will  expand their reading knowledge and abilities; develop vocabulary knowledge and grammatical understanding; and express themselves analytically in writing and orally in Punjabi and English with regard to Punjabi literature. The main content of the class will be literary works in modern Punjabi, with secondary analytical essays in English as supplementary.

Winter 2018

ASIA376 The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development Sections

Introduction to the historical development of Sikh traditions in India and Diaspora, from the 15th century to the present, with attention to broader historical contexts.

This class provides an introduction to the Sikh tradition, within the historical contexts of its formation and with attention to the transnational nature of its historical and present forms. As a result, the class is not only about the Sikhs but also about a good many other things: other religious traditions in South Asia and the idea of “religion” itself; the early modern period in South Asia more generally; the British colonial state and the nationalist movement; and the dynamics of transnational religious formations. The goal of the class is to provide a basic understanding of the historical formations of Sikh tradition, and to encourage thinking about the Sikhs in broader contexts and in relation to multiple theoretical and analytical perspectives.

Winter 2018

ASIA475 Documenting Punjabi Canada Sections

Exploration of the history of the Punjabi Canadian community through traditional text-based methods and oral history collection (in English or Punjabi).

This class explores the history of the Punjabi Canadian community through traditional text-based methods and oral history collection (in English or Punjabi, in sound and/or video). In the class, students have the opportunity to explore Punjabi Canadian histories and experiences in whatever terms they like: they can explore family, community, or regional histories, and/or intersectional histories of Punjabis with members of other communities, through single or groups of interviews. Guest lecturers from the community are invited into the class to expand and enhance student engagement with the histories under examination.

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