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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual history of Buddhism;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical framework of Buddhism; and
    3. identify the varieties, basic abstract concepts, and patterns of spread of Buddhism.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the historic development of Buddhism/Zen Buddhism from fifth century India to its place in the Western twentieth century philosophy and society
    2. the basic themes of such abstract concepts as Satori (or the achievement of enlightenment) and Nirvana (the metaphysical breakthrough to union with the ultimate)
    3. the spread of Buddhism to Indochina and China and its final expansion into Japan and its modification to what is known today as Zen
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. 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