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Postgraduate course

Buddhism and Jainism

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeRELV323
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


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.

Learning Outcomes

The student has by the end of the course gained the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student

  • 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


The student

  • 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

General competence:

┬┐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

Due to course overlap, students cannot take RELV323 in combination with RELV223

If combined, the outcome of credits will be reduced with 15 ECTS credits.

Access to the Course

Admission to the Master's Programme in the Study of Religions or other Master's Programme at the UiB.

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

Examination Support Material

If the course is given in English, a dictionary (without any notes in it) between your own language and English is permitted (for example, a German-English-German or a French-English-French dictionary). You may bring your dictionary to the exam location. The teacher will check the dictionary at the exam location.

Grading Scale

A graded marking scale (A to F) is used. A is the top grade and F means Failed.

Reading List

The reading list runs to about 1000-1500 pages.

The reading list is published by June 1st for the autumn semester.

Course Evaluation

The course unit will be evaluated regularly.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions

Course Coordinator

The Programme Committee for The Study of Religions

Course Administrator

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies, and Religion (AHKR)