This course provides a general introduction to the doctrine and social settings of Buddhism from its Indian origins to its later popularity in other areas of South and Southeast Asia, with special emphasis on Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. We will read primary sources in translation in addition to secondary studies of these sources.
Origin(s) of Buddhism
Buddhism in a Digital Age
In this course we will learn to think critically about what Buddhism is and what Buddhists do, and how the tradition has changed over both time and space. We shall examine carefully the various texts, art, social habits, and other phenomena associated with the Buddhist tradition, in order to come to a more comprehensive understanding of Buddhism, and more broadly, religion as a whole.
Mode of instruction
Multiple choice examination for both midterm and final exam
Submission of written weekly assignments
Resit: 5Q on entire course
The final mark is made up of both multiple choice examinations and weekly assignments.
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.
The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.
Midterm multiple choice exam: 40%
Final exam: 50%
Written weekly assignments: 10%
The resit consists of 5 questions on the entire course.
If a student requests in writing a review of his/her examination answer script within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized
To be announced.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).