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RELS351 - Buddhism

Course Details

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
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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

http://www.buddhanet.net/

Dalai Lama

http://www.dalailama.com/

Zen

http://www.zenguide.com/

BBC Religion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/

Sacred Texts

http://www.sacred-texts.com/

Hindu Net

http://www.hindunet.org/

Gandhi

http://www.mkgandhi.org/

Why Religion Matters – H. Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obeI1ea5ox4&feature=related

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.