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    A critical study of a selected Buddhist text or texts. Provides an introduction to the methods appropriate to the study of ancient texts.

    Buddhism has a long and vibrant literary tradition, with texts on a variety of topics including philosophy, law, narrative and ritual. In this paper, students will study a particular genre of Buddhist texts under the supervision of an internationally recognized scholar of Buddhism who is visiting Otago. The textual genre and scholar change from year to year.

    About this paper

    Paper title Readings in Buddhist Texts
    Subject Religious Studies
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,223.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
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    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching

    This paper will be taught as an intensive course. Students (including distance students) will be required to complete preparatory reading and then be present on campus in Dunedin for a week of intensive seminars. Assessment will be completed during the course of the first semester.


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this paper, learners will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an informed understanding of key concepts and major themes within the text(s) studied
    • Discuss critically the context of origin, history of transmission and reception of the text
    • Outline the traditional methods of exegesis of the text and its place within the wider canon of Buddhist literature
    • Critically analyse the doctrinal stance of the text and its relation to other Buddhist traditions and to Buddhist practice
    • Assess the secondary literature on the text and evaluate the different approaches to the text in contemporary scholarship
    • Demonstrate that they have acquired the basic methodological skills to undertake independent research on Buddhist texts, working on primary sources


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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