Introduction to Buddhism

Subject Overview

‘Introduction to Buddhism’ outlines and explores the fundamentals of Buddhist thought. Students 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, is introduced and critically appraised. Students critically examine the meaning of life through Buddhist perspectives.


Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Buddhism

  • Develop critical thinking on the traditional interpretations of the major concepts of Buddhism

  • Explore and develop a personal understanding of Buddhism and the discipline of Buddhist studies

  • Develop specific research questions, objectives or hypotheses for a research project

Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:

Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2: Digital Intensive Classroom (5 days x 8 hrs/day)
Weeks 3 – 5: Submission of assessments online


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