Opiskelijaksi Ohjeita opiskeluun Työelämään

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Opiskelu

OpiskelemassaEtelä-Aasian tutkimuksen pääaineopiskelija opiskelee Intian tärkeintä klassista kieltä sanskritia ja vähintään yhtä muuta etelä-aasialaista kieltä. Valittavina vaihtoehtoina ovat esimerkiksi sanskritista polveutuva nyky-Intian yleiskieli hindi sekä Etelä-Intiassa puhuttujen dravidakielten merkittävin edustaja tamil. Opiskelija voi suuntautua joko kielitieteellisesti ja filologisesti tai kulttuurisesti.

Pääaineopinnot antavat perustan tutkijantyölle ja valmiudet muihinkin tehtäviin, joissa erikoistutaan Etelä-Aasian kysymyksiin. Alalta on valmistunut mm. journalistiikan ja diplomatian edustajia, mutta Etelä-Aasian uudistuva talous avaa uusia mahdollisuuksia. Tutkijaksi aikovalla on hyvä olla aineyhdistelmässään jokin metodiaine (esim. yleinen kielitiede, kulttuuriantropologia, uskontotiede), muilla jokin käytännön ala (esim. kauppatieteet, valtiotieteet).

Students majoring in South Asian Studies and aiming at a scholarly career are advised to choose a methodological field as their minor subject, for instance General Linguistics, Cultural or Social Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Folklore, History, Archaeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, or Philosophy. Some other fields of areal specialisation, such as East Asian Studies, Central Asian Studies, Arabic Language and Islam, and Greek Language and Literature, are also very useful in certain branches of South Asian Studies (e.g., the study of Buddhism, Indo-Greek relations, the Mughal empire and Indian Islam). Unfortunately, there are no positions earmarked for South Asian Studies in Finland; success in a scholarly career will largely depend upon the quality of the student's output, but even high-quality research does not automatically guarantee a position. Students are advised to search for suitable contacts and supervision abroad.

Students aiming at a career in business, journalism, diplomacy and so forth should have a suitable background in some practical field (e.g., economics, journalism, law etc.).

All students majoring in South Asian Studies are required to take the basic, intermediate and advanced course in at least one South Asian language (the student's main language), and the basic course in Sanskrit (or if Sanskrit is the main language, a basic course in some other South Asian language).

Languages in which two-term courses are provided more or less regularly are Sanskrit, Tamil and Hindi (elementary courses are given every year in Hindi and in Sanskrit, in Tamil usually every second year). Hindi is the national language of India with more than 350 million native speakers. Tamil is the most important representative of the Dravidian language family, spoken by altogether about 90 million speakers, mainly in South India and Sri Lanka, and having 2000-year-old literary traditions. Other languages occasionally taught include Malayalam (the Dravidian language of Kerala in South India), Urdu (the main language of South Asian muslims) and Pali (the Middle Indo-Aryan language of ancient southern Buddhism). Courses that students have taken in Tibetan or in Bahasa Indonesia have also been accepted for examinations in South Asian Studies.

Independent work is the main form of study, consisting of book examinations and essays. Lecture courses (including text interpretation) are arranged every few years.