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 Study Buddhist Studies at Otago

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Buddhism is the dominant religion in many Asian countries and has played an important role in the history and culture of Asia.

The minor in Buddhist Studies provides an introduction to Buddhism through its Indian origins (RELS 102) and then allows you to focus on the development of Buddhism in other regions of Asia.

You may also choose to combine your study of Buddhism with the study of one or more of the languages of the Buddhist scriptures (Sanskrit, Chinese, or Japanese).

Buddhist Studies is also available as an endorsement for the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) and as an option for the Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)).

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Buddhist Studies is also available as a minor subject (see below).

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Programme requirements

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) endorsed in Buddhist Studies

Papers required

Note: Endorsement may require enrolment in papers totalling more than 120 points, depending on the extent of prior study in relevant subjects and whether the student wishes to be eligible for postgraduate study in the subject of endorsement.

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework) in Buddhist Studies

  • RELS 590  Research Dissertation
  • Four of:
    HUMS 501  Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502  Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503  Key Debates in the Humanities
    RELS 521  Readings in Buddhist Texts
    RELS 522  Buddhist Visual Culture in Southeast Asia
    RELS 523  Key Debates in Buddhist Studies
    RELS 531  Pali for Postgraduates

With approval from the Head of Department, one 500-level paper from a relevant subject may be substituted for one of HUMS 501-503, RELS 521, 522, 523, 531.

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Minor subject requirements

Buddhist Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points

RELS 102  Hinduism and Buddhism

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See below


Four of ANTH 105, ASIA 101, CHIN 131, CHIN 132JAPA 131, JAPA 132, SANS 111, SANS 112, RELS 202, RELS 209, RELS 216, RELS 226, RELS 227, RELS 309, RELS 316, RELS 326, RELS 327, RELS 328


Must include one 300-level paper and at least two other papers above 100-level.


Total   90

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