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ASNS2003: Buddhism: Historical Perspectives

2022 unit information

This unit explores important events and periods in Buddhist history, with an emphasis on the complex dynamism between Buddhism and the societies in which it took root, developed, and flourished. It will focus on the role these events and periods played in shaping Buddhism in Asia and elsewhere, and how these regions and their institutions are, in turned, transformed by it.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Asian Studies

Code ASNS2003
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level from any combination of Ancient Greek, Ancient History, Anthropology, Arabic Language and Cultures, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew, Chinese Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, European Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Gender Studies, Germanic Studies, Hebrew, History, Indonesian Studies, International and Comparative Literary Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, Korean Studies, Latin, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Economy, Politics, Psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Studies in Religion, Visual Arts
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate foundational understanding of significant events and periods in the history of Buddhism that played a crucial role in shaping Buddhism in various regions
  • LO2. Articulate the social, cultural, and political interaction between Buddhism and the secular world, and their influence on each other
  • LO3. Analyse developments of Buddhism as a cross-cultural phenomenon, with specific reference to its transmission, modification, and reinterpretation across Asia and beyond
  • LO4. Identify the presuppositions underlying the social and political structures in traditional and modern Buddhist societies
  • LO5. Situate and analyse contemporary issues in Buddhism in their historical and cultural contexts from different perspectives

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Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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