Units of Study

BDST6906 - Foundations of Buddhist Studies

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Drs Mark Allon, Edward Crangle and Andrew McGarrity


This core unit acts as a methodological introduction to Buddhist Studies as an academic discipline by providing an historical, doctrinal and cultural overview of Buddhist traditions. Students are given a broad exposure to literary, philosophical, social, cultural, artistic and contemplative expressions of Buddhism, and introduced to approaches in Buddhist Studies, thereby providing them with the analytical tools necessary to engage in the critical study of Buddhism. Emphasis is upon placing developments within Buddhism into larger doctrinal, historical and cultural contexts.


1x3000wd essay (50%) and 1x2000wd seminar presentation and written report (50%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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