Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

The Mahabharata

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites
Sulakshana Sen General 4 None

 Brief Overview 

Composed by Vyasadeva between 8th & 9th century BCE, but in written texts only from 4th century CE, the Mahabharata is not only the longest Indian epic, but also the longest epic in the world. With its focal point being the Battle of Kurukshetra between the Pandavas and Kauravas, it in essence highlights the victory of Dharma in times of Adharma.
With the current political scenario – be it domestic politics or international political we find an increasing gap between universal morality, ethics and politics.

 Course Objectives 

This course on Mahabharata will primarily–

  • Discuss the epic by summarizing the various parvas/units in class
  • Review and make a critical estimate of the epic with a focus on morals, ethics and politics.

  Teaching Methodology 

The teaching methodology will comprise of discussions regarding terms and concepts and use of audio-visual aids. Additionally, articles, news clipping, videos, etc. will be used to further explain concepts i.e. enable a practical understanding of the concepts.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!