HINDI 323 A: Advanced Hindi Third Year: The Novel

Winter 2024
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm / LOW 117
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
URDU 423 A , HINDI 423 A , URDU 323 A
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Hindi 323         हिंदी ३२३

Urdu 323           اردو 323

Hindi 423           हिंदी ४२३

Urdu 423           اردو 423 

Winter 2024

Advanced Hindi/Urdu: The Novel


Link to Course Schedule

Prof. Jennifer Dubrow

Office: M212 Gowen Hall [note: on Mezzanine level, above 2nd floor]

Email:  jdubrow@uw.edu 

Office Hours: W 4:30-5 PM in M212 Gowen Hall, and by appointment

Class Times and Place: MW 2:30-4:20 PM in 117 Loew Hall


Overall Goals for Quarter and Year. This course counts as 3rd-year Hindi (Hindi 323), 3rd-year Urdu (Urdu 323), 4th-year Hindi (Hindi 423) and 4th-year Urdu (Urdu 423). Our main goal is to increase proficiency in Hindi and Urdu beyond your level at the start of the quarter in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. As this course is focused on the novel, we'll build up to reading parts of Hindi-Urdu writer Krishan Chander's 1957 satirical travelogue, Ek Gadhe ki Atmakatha/Sarguzasht. We'll also study some scenes and a song from the 1951 classic Bombay film Avara, and be introduced to the ghazal genre of poetry.

Grading:  The final grade for Hindi 323/Hindi 423/Urdu 323/Urdu 423 is based on the following factors:

  • Weekly written homework assignments (30%)
  • Class Presentations (10%)
  • Final travelogue project (written and video) (20%)
  • Final portfolio, consisting of 2-3 corrected homeworks (10%)
  • Class Preparation (before class) and Participation including other class related activities (30%).

Your lowest homework grade will be dropped.

Student Responsibilities:

Students are responsible for carrying out assigned readings by the dates specified. Please have your copy of the reading available for you to use during class sessions. If for any reason you are unable to attend a class session, please find out from another student what was covered in that session. If you are ill, there is no need to contact the instructor; however, if you have a major illness or life event that will cause you to miss more than one class, please email me so that we may make any necessary arrangements.  Please do let me know if a major life event happens during the quarter that you would like to discuss. Attendance will be taken in each class.

Note on Masks (for COVID-19):

This is a small language course. We'll be speaking and discussing in class. I will be masking for all class sessions and office hours. Please feel free to wear a mask at any time for class or office hours. No explanation is necessary.

Course Policies:

Students are expected to observe the following rules in class:

  • Arrive in class on time so that other students are not disturbed;
  • Refrain from conversing with fellow students while class is in progress;
  • Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices;
  • Do not use personal computers to cruise the Internet, read email, or engage in activities unrelated to class.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity:

The University takes academic integrity very seriously. Behaving with integrity is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. If you’re uncertain about if something is academic misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.

Acts of academic misconduct may include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating (working collaboratively on quizzes/exams and discussion submissions, sharing answers, and previewing quizzes/exams)
  • Plagiarism (using in your own work the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or work of someone else without formally acknowledging them through the use of quotation marks, footnotes, bibliography, or other reference)
  • Unauthorized collaboration (working with each other on assignments)

Concerns about these or other behaviors prohibited by the Student Conduct Code will be referred for investigation and adjudication by (include information for specific campus office).

Students found to have engaged in academic misconduct may receive a zero on the assignment (or other possible outcome).

Student Conduct:

The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at https://www.washington.edu/studentconduct/Links to an external site.


Call SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 anytime – no matter where you work or study – to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. SafeCampus’s team of caring professionals will provide individualized support, while discussing short- and long-term solutions and connecting you with additional resources when requested.

Access and Accommodations:

Your experience in this class is important to me. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please activate your accommodations via myDRS so we can discuss how they will be implemented in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), contact DRS directly to set up an Access Plan. DRS facilitates the interactive process that establishes reasonable accommodations. Contact DRS at disability.uw.eduLinks to an external site..

Religious Accommodations:

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy (https://registrar.washington.edu/staffandfaculty/religious-accommodations-policy/) (Links to an external site.). Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (https://registrar.washington.edu/students/religious-accommodations-request/) (Links to an external site.).


Catalog Description:
Surveys the development of the novel in Hindi, with readings of representative texts and discussion of their historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: HINDI 203.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated:
July 20, 2024 - 1:38 am