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Course Overview

This course explores the history of European and American engagement with Asian religions, examining modern representations of Hindu and Buddhist practice in the Western world.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Callum Pearce

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Karma and nirvana, meditation and yoga: Asian religious ideas and practices are now a part of everyday life in the West, so thoroughly assimilated and commodified that it can be easy to forget their origins in the philosophy and ritual of South, East and Inner Asia. This course examines how this occurred, and how European and American societies encountered religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. It investigates the origins of this encounter in the context of European colonialism, and looks at the ways in which this tangled history has influenced modern representations of Asian religions.

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 essay of 1000 words  (40%) and one essay of 2000 words (60%)

Resit: One essay of 2500 words (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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