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RELS522 Buddhist Visual Culture in Southeast Asia

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Material evidence for the arrival of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, the merger of pre-existing traditions with waves of cultural influx from South Asia, the resulting unique forms of visual culture.

Paper title Buddhist Visual Culture in Southeast Asia
Paper code RELS522
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,105.00
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Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee:

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Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee


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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Buddhist visual culture in mainland Southeast Asia
  • Place the material evidence of Buddhism's arrival and development in Southeast Asia in the religious, social and cultural environments in which it was created
  • Give an account of Buddhist visual culture from an art historical perspective
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in weighing evidence and scholarly arguments to decide what can be determined about the history of Buddhism in Southeast Asia from the extant material remains
  • Develop and defend, in writing, an account of an aspect of the development of Buddhism and Buddhist visual culture in Southeast Asia

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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