ASR207 - Transforming Buddhism


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Buddhism began as one of many ascetic movements in India and over the course of two and a half millennia has grown to become one of the world’s major religions, with followers in every corner of the world. This unit traces how Buddhism changed and adapted, and how new doctrines and practices were integrated into the tapestry of this tradition as it moved into Southeast and East Asia, and later Tibet, Mongolia, North America, Europe, and Australia. We will examine its complex history, how doctrine and practice influence each other, and how Buddhist practices inform the lives of people who identify as Buddhists. The unit will mainly be a history of ideas that aims to give students a conceptual grasp of important Buddhist tenets, myths, and symbols. In addition to these theoretical concerns, we will examine connections between theory and practice including urgent issues, such as the environment and family, that confront adherents today.

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