HUMN122 Buddhism - An Introduction
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities
- I. Course Number and Title
- HUMN122 Buddhism - An Introduction
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course explores the history and ideas of Buddhism. Students explore the religion's varieties, basic abstract concepts, and patterns of spread.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual history of Buddhism;
- demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical framework of Buddhism; and
- identify the varieties, basic abstract concepts, and patterns of spread of Buddhism.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- the historic development of Buddhism/Zen Buddhism from fifth century India to its place in the Western twentieth century philosophy and society
- the basic themes of such abstract concepts as Satori (or the achievement of enlightenment) and Nirvana (the metaphysical breakthrough to union with the ultimate)
- the spread of Buddhism to Indochina and China and its final expansion into Japan and its modification to what is known today as Zen
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudent assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - (Retyped 7/95);Revised 9/2012; New Core 8/2015