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RS2505: BUDDHISM (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 May 2018 11:19

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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Callum Pearce

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR2535 Encountering Budhism (Studied)
  • RS2502 Buddhism (Studied)
  • RS2506 Introduction to the Religions of the World 4 (Studied)
  • (Studied)

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt:

One class presentation (10%);

one 1,500 word essay (40%);

one 2,000 word essay (50%)



one 2,000 word essay (100%)

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.

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