Introduction to Buddhism

Subject code ABS701
Lecturer Dr Toby Mendelson
Delivery mode Online, live
Duration 10 weeks
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Subject Overview

This subject is an introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhist traditions. Students will examine ideas around the origin and development of Buddhism, key Buddhist doctrines and the basic concepts of Buddhist philosophy across various traditions. The role of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and practice in approaching morality and ethics, as well as contemporary developments in global Buddhism, will be introduced and critically appraised.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Buddhism.
  2. Develop cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge on the traditional interpretations of major concepts of Buddhism.
  3. Demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas.
  4. Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas about Buddhist studies. 



  • Assessment 1: Reflective review of a prescribed preliminary reading (15%)
  • Assessment 2: Reading log or review of texts relating to Buddhist studies (35%)
  • Assessment 3: Essay investigating key Buddhist concepts and their practices across cultures (50%)


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