While "ethics" never emerged as a distinct branch of knowledge in its intellectual history, moral considerations are embedded in the various traditions that comprise Hinduism. In this course we will explore diverse forms of moral discourse in the Hindu context. We will focus on the concept of dharma as it emerged in the prescriptive literature of the Dharmashastras, as well as epic narratives like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. We will then trace the evolution of ethical discourse in relation to other South Asian traditions such as Buddhism. Using caste, gender, vegetarianism, and non-violence as focal points, we will ask whether there even is such a thing as Hindu ethics. 3 hrs. lect./disc.