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Sonam Kachru

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Office location and address
Gibson Hall, S-366
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
PhD, University of Chicago, Philosophy of Religions (2015)
RELG 1500: Introductory Seminar in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
These seminars introduce first- and second-year students to the academic study of religion through a close study of a particular theme or topic. Students will engage with material from a variety of methodological perspectives, and they will learn how to critically analyze sources and communicate their findings. The seminars allow for intensive reading and discussion of material. Not more than two Intro Seminars may count towards the Major.
FORU 1500: Introduction to the Forums
Credits: 3
This course will introduce first-year students to their forum topic. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
FORU 1510: Continuing the Forum
Credits: 1
This course follows the first-semester introductory forum class and keeps students engaged in the content of their forum. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
RELB 1559: New Course in Buddhism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Buddhism.
RELB 2100: Buddhism
Credits: 3
Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantrayana Buddhist developments in India.
RELB 2120: Buddhist Literature
Credits: 3
Introduces Buddhist literature in translation, from India, Tibet, and East and South East Asia.
FORU 2500: Forum Capstone Experience
Credits: 3
This course is the capstone course for forum students. It is to be taken in the fourth semester by forum students only. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums).
RELB 2900: Buddhist Meditation Traditions
Credits: 3
The goal of this course will be to examine different conceptions of Buddhist meditation and how these different conceptions affect the nature of practice and the understanding of the ideal life within a variety of Buddhist traditions. Thus, the study of Buddhist meditation traditions reveals not just intricate forms of practice, but reveals the nature of the good life and how one lives it.
RELB 3495: Early Buddhism in South Asia
Credits: 3
This course explores the origins and development of Buddhism in South Asia. It assumes students have no prior knowledge of Buddhism. The goal is to understand the complex of teachings, practices, and relationships that would become known later as Buddhism and, simultaneously, how such a complex has developed within specific cultural contexts.
RELH 3559: New Course in Hinduism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hinduism.
RELB 4520: Advanced Topics in Buddhism
Credits: 3
This topical course provides upper level undergraduate students in Religious Studies an opportunity for advanced coursework in Buddhism
RELS 4995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of departmental advisor and instructor.
RELB 5055: Buddhist Philosophy
Credits: 3
Study of the Pali and Sanskritic Buddhist philosophical traditions.
RELH 5450: Hindu-Buddhist Debates
Credits: 3
This course examines philosophical debates of Hindu and Buddhist authors from the time of the founding of Buddhism to the medieval period. Primary sources in translation and secondary, scholarly sources are examined in this course. Prerequisite: Significant prior exposure to Hinduism and/or Buddhism.
RELH 5559: New Course in Hinduism
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Hinduism.
PHIL 5570: Seminar on a Metaphysics Topic
Credits: 3
A seminar on the nature of being and the world
RELG 7360: Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
Credits: 3
Given the multidisciplinary character of religious studies, it is imperative for new scholars to gain a basic sense of theoretical and methodological options in the field. By way of an examination of landmark texts, this course surveys the formation of religious studies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and considers some important contemporary approaches.
RELB 8733: Tutorial in Buddhist Philosophy
Credits: 3
This tutorial will train students to read Buddhist Philosophical texts in Sanskrit at an advanced level.
RELS 8960: Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research on problems leading to a master's thesis.
RELS 8995: Research
Credits: 1–12
Systematic readings in a selected topic under detailed supervision.
RELS 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
RELS 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
RELS 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
RELS 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.