This course explores five traditional themes of Bhagavad-gita: the self, matter, action (karma), time, and divinity. When we think about or if we try to explain anything in life, we do so with a specific issue, question, or concern in mind – in other words, we naturally thematize. Therefore, the thematic approach of this course is a natural way for us to examine and eventually explain the complexities of the Gita. The themes bring a focus to our studies and also act as a catalyst and method for further explorations of the text.
This course is made of six weeks of teaching and two additional weeks to prepare for and take the final exam.
The course can be simply followed as an overview of the discussed themes without any assessment.
Those who wish, can do the following assessment:
Weekly question(s) – answered in the course forum where the interaction with the teacher is happening throughout the course.
Weekly quizzes – based on multiple-choice and matching the pairs questions.
Final exam – also based on multiple-choice and matching the pairs questions, taken at the end of the course.
One essay – if a student is inspired to explore more deeply into any specific issue regarding one or more of the five themes, a final essay explaining his/her thoughts can also be sent to the teacher for comments and feedback. Any form of final essay is acceptable – it can be written, it can be an art project, a graphic novel, a narrative, or a fictional dialogue – as long as it is relevant to the course and it is possible to submit it as one electronic file (pdf or doc).
All assessment is done online, at a time convenient for the student.
At the conclusion of the course, we offer a certificate of attendance if either the test or the essay has been submitted. A digital certificate is sent to the student’s email address. Alternatively, if they wish so, students can receive a hard copy of the certificate to their home address. For more info, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How To Study Online
The course has a scheduled starting and ending date and it lasts 5 weeks in total.
Each week, on Monday, students get access to different sets of materials and then have that week to go through the materials and do the assignments. All the lectures are pre-recorded and put on our learning platform along with other learning materials. There are no live lectures so students don’t need to be present online at a specific time but can watch the videos and study at their convenience. If they want to interact with the teacher and peers, students do need to set the time aside to dedicate to the course but it can be at the time that suits them.
In the self-study mode, students can start and finish whenever they want as they immediately get access to all course materials. The teacher is available for answering questions once a week.
Thematic Bhagavad-gita course can be attended without any special prerequisites. It is meant for those who want to get an initial basic insight into the main teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.
By clicking the enrollment button, you will be required to create a profile on BCOC – Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus (if you don’t have one already) and then proceed with the payment.