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Course Code: RELS351 Course ID: 3641 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of Buddhism's major historical movements and cultural expressions. Students examine the origin and development of the teachings, rituals and institutions of the Buddhist tradition in South Asia since the beginning of the common era to the present day. Course topics include the life and times of Siddhartha Gautama (“the Buddha”); implantation in East Asian societies of the various forms of Buddhism that developed in South Asia; development of new Buddhist “schools” in East Asia; relationships between Buddhism and the other religious traditions in East Asia; relationships between Buddhism and the State; early Buddhist community; popular Buddhist piety and social movements; development of the three main branches of the Buddhist tradition, and the role of women in Buddhism.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1 Outline the traditional life and essential teaching of the (historical) Buddha.

CO2 Discuss the major schools of Buddhism and how they spread to various parts of Asia.

CO3 Discuss issues common to the establishment and development of the Buddhist tradition(s), in India, Tibet, China and Japan.

CO4 Describe the reactions to Buddhism by the societies in which it was implanted.

CO5 Discuss the transformation of Buddhist teachings, practices, institutions, etc., as they were assimilated by the host countries.

CO6 Recognize that religions and ideologies not only form civilizations, but directly influence international events.

CO7 Cite possible examples of the role of Buddhism, within the framework of the events reported in modern society.

NameGrade %
Forums 55.00 %
Week 1 Introduction 6.88 %
Week 2 6.88 %
Week 3 6.88 %
Week 4 6.88 %
Week 5 6.88 %
Week 6 6.88 %
Week 7 6.88 %
Week 8 6.88 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 2 - Current Issues Essay 10.00 %
Week 5 - Thesis Statement and Outline 10.00 %
Final Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 7 - Final Research Paper 25.00 %

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The Buddha Net

Dalai Lama


BBC Religion

Sacred Texts

Hindu Net


Why Religion Matters – H. Smith

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.