• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will be concerned mainly with a history of ideas in Asian  Buddhism, and its aim is to give students a conceptual grasp of  important Buddhist ideas, myths and symbols. In addition to these  theoretical concerns, we will examine the connection between theory and  practice and the cross-cultural ramifications of Buddhist thought.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course students should have a solid background in the history and basic doctrines of Buddhism and its current place in the world. In addition, they will be familiar with some of the conceptual tensions faced by Buddhists seeking to adapt their tradition to current issues such as abortion, euthanasia, climate change, and maintaining the environment.

Indicative Assessment

Two exams or essays of 3,000 words (totalling 70%), Tutorial work (30%).

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Workload

33 contact hours for the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of university courses.

Preliminary Reading

Kasulis, T., Zen Action - Zen Person, State University New York Press, 1981; Powers, J., Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Snow Lion, 1995

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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