• Class Number 7365
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Szymon Bogacz
    • Szymon Bogacz
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Since the time of the Buddha, Buddhists have developed a rigorous and profound tradition of philosophy. The Buddhist path consists in the combined practice of philosophical reasoning, ethical practice and meditation. This course will focus on philosophical reasoning. For Buddhists, enlightenment is attained by gaining insight into the nature of reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology), language (philosophy of language) and our ways of living (ethics). These insights are acquired, in large part, by subjecting our beliefs to rational scrutiny. In this course, we critically examine some of the core issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and ethics that are elaborated by Buddhist philosophers. The course proceeds by analyzing some core texts of Buddhist philosophy (in English translation) together with some secondary literature. We study Buddhist philosophy not as an item of historical and cultural interest but as an attempt to ascertain how much truth lies in this system of thought. Once we gain an understanding of the views expounded by Buddhist philosophers, we will subject their doctrines to rational scrutiny.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a general knowledge of some major schools, figures and issues in the Buddhist tradition of Philosophy;
  2. express and expound views and pre-suppositions of Buddhist philosophers clearly and lucidly; and
  3. understand and critically evaluate theories, arguments and presuppositions of Buddhist philosophers.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction Lectures will be in person and live streamed on Zoom.
2 Foundations: Nikayas and the Four Noble Truths
3 Foundations: Nikayas (cont.) and Milindapañha
4 Metaphysics: Abhidharma Essay 1: 20th August
5 Metaphysics: Madhyamaka & Emptiness
6 Language: Madhyamaka Two Truths
7 Mind: Yogacara Idealism
8 Mind: Yogacara Reflexivity
9 Epistemology: Prama?avada Essay 2: 8th October
10 Epistemology: Scriptural Authority
11 Ethics: Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara
12 Review
13 Examination period Take-Home Exam: 29th October – 5th November

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will take place in person and live on Zoom. Tutorial registration through Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
First Essay (20%) 20 % 20/08/2021 1, 2, 3
Second Essay (40%) 40 % 08/10/2021 1, 2, 3
Participation (10%) 10 % 29/10/2021 1, 2, 3
Final Take-Home Exam (30%) 30 % 05/11/2021 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 20/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

First Essay (20%)

This essay must demonstrate an engagement with the scheduled readings for the course by proper use of citations and references. Essay topics will be advised online.

Word length: 1000 words (includes quotations and footnotes but not the bibliography)

Due Date: 5pm, 20th August

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 08/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Second Essay (40%)

This essay must demonstrate an engagement with the scheduled readings for the course by proper use of citations and references. Essay topics will be advised online.

Word length: 2500 words (includes quotations and footnotes but not the bibliography)

Due Date: 5pm, 8th October

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Participation (10%)

Students will be assessed for tutorial attendance and active participation based on how well they contribute to the tutorials. Just showing up to the tutorials is not enough to get the participation grade. Active participation involves: 

(a)   Being prepared for tutorial discussions by having attended the lectures and done the required reading for that week.

(b)   Participating in tutorial discussions by asking questions, articulating and explaining your views, sharing your thoughts, engaging with the ideas of your classmates.

Please note: Negative participation counts against the participation grade. This includes expressing disrespect, rudeness, or offensive behavior towards the course material, tutor, classmates or unwillingness to participate in the discussions. 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Final Take-Home Exam (30%)

Release Date: 9am, Friday 29th October (released on Wattle)

Due Date: 5pm, Friday 5th November (submitted to Turnitin)

No extensions permitted

You will be asked to answer TWO (2) questions

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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