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RELS328 Life of the Buddha: Text and Iconography

Visual and literary narrative traditions about the life of the Buddha, and the influence of these narratives on Buddhist belief and practice.

This paper is an exploration of the visual and literary narrative traditions about the life of the Buddha and the influence of these narratives on Buddhist belief and practice. Students will read biographical materials from the Tripiṭaka, the early Indian biographies of the Buddha, and the vernacular biographical traditions of East and Southeast Asia (in English translation). Students will also work with visual images (sculpture and two-dimensional works) of the Buddha from South, Southeast and East Asia.

Paper title Life of the Buddha: Text and Iconography
Paper code RELS328
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level RELS or RELX paper
Restriction
RELS 428, RELX 328, RELX 428
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 333 or 458 passed in 2009 or 2011.
Contact
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee: elizabeth.guthrie-higbee@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • Five marked tutorial contributions 25%
  • One 2,500-word essay 25%
  • Final two-hour examination 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures
Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper (which includes readings from Buddhist texts, in English translation).
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS328
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper students should be able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and development of scriptural and visual narratives about the life of the Buddha in India during the first centuries CE
  • Be familiar with the modes of transmission of these scriptural and visual narratives to Southeast and East Asia during the first millennium CE
  • Present and share research on the life of the Buddha within a peer group in a constructive manner

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22

Visual and literary narrative traditions about the life of the Buddha, and the influence of these narratives on Buddhist belief and practice.

This paper is an exploration of the visual and literary narrative traditions about the life of the Buddha and the influence of these narratives on Buddhist belief and practice. Students will read biographical materials from the Tripiß?¡aka, the early Indian biographies of the Buddha, and the vernacular biographical traditions of East and Southeast Asia (in English translation). Students will also work with visual images (sculpture and two-dimensional works) of the Buddha from South, Southeast and East Asia.

Paper title Life of the Buddha: Text and Iconography
Paper code RELS328
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level RELS or RELX paper
Restriction
RELS 428, RELX 328, RELX 428
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 333 or 458 passed in 2009 or 2011.
Contact
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee: elizabeth.guthrie-higbee@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
Paper Structure
Assessment:
  • Five marked tutorial contributions 25%
  • One 2,500-word essay 25%
  • Final two-hour examination 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures.
Distance: Online discussion.
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper (which includes readings from Buddhist texts, in English translation).
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS328
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper students should be able to
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and development of scriptural and visual narratives about the life of the Buddha in India during the first centuries CE
  • Be familiar with the modes of transmission of these scriptural and visual narratives to Southeast and East Asia during the first millennium CE
  • Present and share research on the life of the Buddha within a peer group in a constructive manner

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard