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RS2511: BUDDHISM (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 20:19

Course Overview

This course introduces students to the history and anthropology of Buddhism, with a focus on Tibetan Buddhism and Mahayana philosophy. We will touch on ritual, art, doctrine and modern political issues. Students will be expected to make a contribution to the class through a presentation.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr Callum Pearce

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Bachelor Of Theology (With Honours) Distance Learning (Studied) or Certificate in Christian Studies (Studied) or Diploma in Christian Studies (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course introduces students to the history and anthropology of some of the many forms of Buddhism. We will consider ritual, narrative, art and doctrine as related zones of investigation. We will begin with a review of Buddhist philosophy, then look at three monographs in depth, considering different schools and religions of Buddhism. Ethnographic films are part of the reading list. Students will be expected to make a substantial contribution to the class through a presentation.

Further Information & Notes

This course will be available in 2012/13 as RS 2505.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

One class presentation (10%);

one 1,500 word essay (40%);

one 2,000 word essay (50%).



one 2,000 word essay.

Formative Assessment

Continuous informal assessment of performance in class, unmarked.


Feedback for in course assessment will be provided in typed form on the School's grade report sheet. Such assessment will highlight in particular those things the student has done well, and those things which could be done to strengthen the essay for a higher grade.

Course Learning Outcomes


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