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Indian Buddhism

Course
2016-2017

Admission requirements

None, but it would be helpful to have completed Introduction to Buddhism or a similar course.

Description

This course surveys Buddhism in India from its earliest times around the 5th c. BCE until the disappearance of Buddhism from India proper in around the 13th c. CE, with some consideration of continuing traditions, particularly in Nepal. It approaches the history, literature, doctrines, art and material culture, and practices of Indian Buddhism.

Course objectives

Students will gain a familiarity with the history literature, doctrines, art and material culture, and practices of Indian Buddhism at a level in greater detail than that presented in the course Introduction to Buddhism. They will learn how to synthesize their new knowledge, formulate relevant questions, and present their ideas in clear written and verbal form.

Timetable

Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website. The administration will complete this with the link to the website.
The timetable is available on the South and Southeast Asian Studies website

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture, with ample class participation

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours
Class meetings: 2 × 13 = 26 hrs
Weekly assignments: 1 × 12 = 12 hrs
Readings: 7 × 12 = 72 hrs
Preparing for midterm & final exam: 1×6 & 1×12hs: 18 hours

TOTAL 140 hrs

Assessment method

Assessment shall be through:
1) Weekly one page reading summary papers: 10%
2) Mid-term examination with essay questions (provided in advance): 40%
3) Written final examination with essay questions (provided in advance): 50%

There will be a re-sit of the written exam. The grade for this re-sit will replace the grade of the first final examination and have a weight of 50%.

Blackboard

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course
Blackboard will be used for:

  • presentation of readings, announcements, other information and materials

Reading list

TBA

Registration

Students are required to register through uSis before August/January 15. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Contractonderwijs

Contractonderwijs.

This course is open to any interested student, including a la carte and contractonderwijs.

Contact

Contact information
J.A. Silk

Remarks

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.

Academic Integrity

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).