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 available not only as a minor, but 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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Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) - endorsement
- Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework))
Buddhist Studies is also available as a minor subject (see below).
Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) endorsed in Buddhist Studies
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.
Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework) in Buddhist Studies
With approval from the Head of the Religion Programme, a 500-level paper from a relevant subject may be substituted for one of HUMS 501-503, RELS 521-523, 531 or 532.
Minor subject requirements
Buddhist Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree
RELS 102 Hinduism and Buddhism
Four of ANTH 105, ASIA 101, CHIN 131, CHIN 132, JAPA 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
Must include one 300-level paper and at least two other papers above 100-level.
Key information for future students
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