REL2130 - The Anthropology of Buddhism
Anthropologists have established a strong tradition for the study of Buddhism, particularly in Theravada Buddhism (South and South-East Asia), while the anthropology of Mahayana Buddhist societies (Himalaya, China, Tibet, Mongolia) is developing rapidly. The course discusses theoretical debates in the anthropological study of Buddhist societies using empirical data from both Theravada and Mahayana societies.
The student will be introduced to analytical concepts and theoretical models in order to understand how Buddhism localizes in both Theravada and Mahayana societies. The main emphasis will be for the student to acquire knowledge of Buddhism as it is practiced in a local community.
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Singular course students may apply after January 11th depending on capacity.
The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The course requires good knowledge of English
The course overlap with REL4160.
Some of the courses offered at the Faculty of Arts may overlap with previous programmes of study such as “grunnfag”, “semesteremner” and “mellomfag”. The student must be sure that the course content does not overlap with programmes of study for which the student has received credit. For more information about overlapping of this course, please contact the department that offers the course.
The course consists of lectures and seminars (10 x 2 hours). The students’ written work is an integrated part of the course. The students alternate between writing their own semester assignment (term paper) and commenting upon other students’ semester assignments.
Compulsory assignments: A first draft of the semester assignment is to be submitted halfway through the semester. Fronter may be used in this course.
Deadlines will be published in the detailed teaching plan.
This examination consists of an integrated assessment where the grade is given on the basis of a term paper that the student has written, under the guidance of a supervisor, during the semester (8 - 10 pages, 2300 characters per page). The assignment will be available at the start of the semester.
The student must hand in an Obligatory statement regarding cheating along with the term paper.
The assessment is integrated in the course lessons and it is therefore not possible to sit for the exam unless the student is registered for the teaching component of the course.
Language of examination
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
- request an explanation of your grades
- appeal about your grades
- make a complaint about formal exam errors
Resit an examination
You can usually resit an exam, but the conditions depend on whether you had a valid reason for absence from the regular exam. Read more about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.
Special examination arrangements
If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.
Further information: Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages