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ASNS2011: Buddhist Thought and Culture

This unit provides a survey of the major issues and core ideas of Buddhism from its beginnings to subsequent developments in others parts of Asia. Students will be introduced to Buddhist understanding of liberation, existence, and knowledge, with a focus on exploring how Buddhist thought and practices, such as ritual and meditation, shape each other in larger socio-cultural contexts.

Code ASNS2011
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, Psychology, Sanskrit, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Studies in Religion, Visual Arts

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

  • LO1. - demonstrate foundational understanding of the development of Buddhism as a religion shaped by historical and cultural forces
  • LO2. - articulate the relationship and interaction between Buddhist thought and the different expressions of the religion
  • LO3. - demonstrate understanding of the historically and culturally bound contexts within which Buddhism developed in different regions
  • LO4. - analyse issues underlying Buddhist thought and culture, and their impact on contemporary life
  • LO5. - Analyse presuppositions that shape the self-understanding of Buddhist traditions and their developments in Asia

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.