Buddhism and Jainism
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is for the student to gain knowledge about selective aspects of Buddhism and Jainism, past and present, with particular emphasis on Buddhism in South Asia in recent past.
The student has by the end of the course gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:
- has knowledge about Buddhism and Jainism with emphasis on changes in the recent past.
- has detailed knowledge about the emergence of different interpretations of Buddhism and Jainism in South Asia in the modern period, about Buddhism as a religious and political identity in South Asia and about Western traditions of interpretations of these religions
- has the ability to analyze scholarly literature and to make own inferences.
- has the ability to write texts based on reasoning
- has experience with imparting information, theories, ideas, approaches to problems and with suggesting solutions regarding the themes of the course both in writing and orally
The student is able to communicate about problematic areas, analysis, and conclusions in this field of knowledge.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
The course literature is in English. Students should therefore have a sound knowledge of English.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students enrolled in the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures (approximately 10, totally 20 hours)
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Written school exam (up to 3000 words) of 6 hours.
A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.
There will also be assessment early spring semester (only for students with valid mandatory course requirements, if any), given that the course is instructed the semester before.
The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.
The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn semester.
The course unit will be evaluated regularly.