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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Asian Studies

Postgraduate Course: Mahayana and Vajrayana in India (ASST11078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is intended to deal thematically with some of the main factors (historical, literary, philosophical and ritual) involved in the creation and maintenance of MahŚyŚna and VajrayŚna Buddhism in South Asia from the beginning of the first millennium CE until around the thirteenth century. To this end the class will endeavour to consult primary sources as much as possible, reading and analysing central texts of the MahŚyŚna and VajrayŚna traditions, while paying due attention to significant secondary literature. In accord with the nature of the departmental section in which the course is taught, the
perspectives adopted will, broadly speaking, be those of the academic disciplines of classical Indology and history of religions. However, students are encouraged to bring their own varying perspectives to bear on the subject.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The purposes of the course are
(1) to enable students to form a mature understanding of MahŚyŚna and VajrayŚna throughout their history as distictive idioms of Buddhism;
(2) to foster an appreciation of these styles of Buddhism as a uniquely interesting religiosities which at the same time overlap with other cultures;
(3) to strengthen skills in analysing and assessing primary and secondary sources
(4) to develop articulacy and coherence in class discussion and writing.
(5) to develop the ability to apply and test theories in specific case studies.
Assessment Information
One 4000 word essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course will be taught by reference to Buddhist texts (supported by critical assessment of relevant secondary literature. BS (= D. Lopez, Buddhist Scriptures) and EB (= J. Strong, The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations, third edition) both contain a great deal of relevant source materials and will be drawn up regularly to provide set readings.
1. A introductory critical analysis of some approaches to the emergence of MahŚyŚna Buddhism.
2. An introduction to MahŚyŚna textual tradition, incluing its self-declared status as scripture.
3. An introduction to the philosophical dimension of MahŚyŚna as embodied in Madhyamaka and Yogacara.
4. An introduction to the social, historical and religious background as embodied in the tantric texts of the VajrayŚna and the siddha tradition.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMaVBI
Contacts
Course organiserMr Paul Dundas
Tel: (0131 6)50 4175
Email: P.Dundas@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
Email: Sarah.Harvey@ed.ac.uk
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