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Semester 1

Buddhist Literature (DIVI10008)

Subject

Divinity

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Although this course does not have any pre-requisites, it is designed for students who have studied two full years of Divinity/Religious Studies beforehand. If you have not studied this subject area to that level, it is your responsibility to ensure the course is an appropriate level for you during the first week of teaching, and you must drop this course (before the Course Change Deadline) if you do not have the required background knowledge/skills.

Course Summary

On this course we will read a range of Buddhist literature from different historical and geographical contexts, and use this literature to explore key Buddhist ideas, themes, and literary forms.

Course Description

Academic Description: On this course we will read a range of Buddhist literature from different historical and geographical contexts, and use this literature to explore key Buddhist ideas, themes, and literary forms. Syllabus/Outline Content: The course begins with an introductory discussion of Buddhism and Buddhist literature. Works of literature are then explored in turn, working from earliest poetry to modern western Buddhist-inspired literature, crossing a range of genres and contexts, and exploring important concepts, themes and literary forms as we proceed. Student Learning Experience Information: The course will be delivered through a weekly two-hour class. One hour will normally be student-led discussion of readings from primary texts (in translation), including student presentations, which form 10% of the grade. The other hour will usually be a discussion, led by the lecturer, of key themes, concepts and contextual information that will enable full comprehension of the following week's readings. Students should expect to read a substantial piece of literature each week in preparation for class. The first essay, due during semester, will be a close analysis of a particular text, while the second essay, due during the exam period, will require students to draw on several of the readings in order to address a thematic question. Formative feedback will be provided on presentations and essay plans, and the final class of the semester will be given over to discussion of thematic links and plans for essay 2.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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