REL4530 – Topics in Buddhist Studies

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Course content

Topic spring 2021: Buddhism, ecology and a changing climate

The course focuses on the interaction between buddhism, ecology and a changing climate. The course is based on reading and discussion of articles and monographs in English. Themes that will be discussed:

  • Buddhism, ecology, and environmental management
  • Buddhist concepts of sacred landscape
  • Buddhist leaders’ role in minimizing the negative effects of climate change
  • Buddhism as a world religion and its role in combating negative climate change
  • Environmentalist rhetoric in Buddhist environments.
  • Documentary fimls on climate change on the Tibetan plateau and in the Himalaya will be used as sources in teaching and discussions.

Previous topics for REL4530 can be found here. 

Learning outcome

  • Specific for the spring semester 2021: Students will learn how to analyze the complex and dynamic relationship between Buddhism, ecology and environmental management in historical and contemporary perspective.
  • Generel learning outcomes: Essay writing is an integral part of the course, so is training in text analysis and fieldwork methodology.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Registered MA-student.


Spring 2021: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital.

There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching in the spring of 2021, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.

Teaching is given in the form of academic supervision. You will receive more information from the course teacher at the start of the semester.

You will have to submit a first draft of the term paper halfway through the semester in order to qualify for the final examination.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Term paper, 8 - 10 pages. Detailed information on the term paper will be given by the course teacher and published in Canvas in early January.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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