Fall and Winter 2023

Fall 2023

Introduction to the foundational texts, esoteric rituals, and sexual alchemy associated with Tantric practices in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain contexts. The focus will be on Hindu tantric thought, but we will also consider examples from Buddhist and Jain milieus.

TH 09:30 – 10:50 (HC 2-11). With Dagmar Wujastyk.

The world of Classical India, from the emergence of the Mauryan Empire in the fourth century BCE to the close of the Gupta Empire in the fifth century CE. (Follows from HIST 135, but that’s not a requirement.)

TH 11:00 – 12:20. With Dominik Wujastyk.

The history, practices, and politics of contemporary Yoga movements.

TH 11:00 – 12:20 (HC 1-11). With Neil Dalal.

Winter 2023

A survey of the history of India from the close of the Gupta and Vakataka kingdoms in the fifth century CE to the decline of the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagara Empire in the sixteenth century CE.

TH 12:30 – 13:50 (T BW-1). With Dagmar Wujastyk.

The history and philosophy of early Yoga, exploring its focus on meditation, its literature, its connections with Buddhism, and its historical evolution. HIST 110, 289, or CLASS 110 are recommended but not required.

TH 11:00 – 12:20. With Dominik Wujastyk.

This course provides an overview of the ancient and classical period of Indian philosophy (500 BCE-1500 CE); major metaphysical and ethical concepts within traditions such as Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Buddhism. Note: Not open to students with credit in PHIL 302. Not open to students with credit in PHIL 301 completed prior to 2012.

TH 09:30 – 10:50. With Neil Dalal.

Other occasional courses

Different courses are sometimes offered when professors are available. Some of these are as follow.
Check the UofA Calendar and Beartracks when planning your choices.

History and Classicsindia07

 Religious Studies

L0032692 Sanscrit MS epsilon 2, palm leaf MS from NorPhilosophy



travelInIndiaAugustana Campus


English and Film Studies


Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation