RVI2165 - Buddhism in South and Central Asia


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course deepens and complements the basic course RVI1040 Religions of South Asia, focusing in a detailed manner on the religious traditions of Buddhism in South (especially India, Sri Lanka), Southeast (especially Myanmar, Thailand) and Central Asia (especially Tibet), and on forms of religious practice. In addition, the course discusses the application of theoretical perspectives and research methods from the study of religions in Asian contexts.

Learning outcome

According to the course curriculum, a candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome (defined as knowledge and skills):

The candidate:
- has good knowledge of the religious traditions of Buddhism, in a translocal perspective
- has an analytical, critical understanding of Buddhist cultural formations and processes in South, Southeast and Central Asia
- has an understanding of the central concepts, tools and approaches of the academic study of religions and is able to apply them in a reflected way

The candidate:
- is able to critically assess introductory and overview literature and to transcend it towards problem-, source-oriented studies focusing differentiation, plurality and contestedness
- is able to contextualize themes that are central to Buddhism from a historical, social, cultural point of view
- is able to classify and analyze translated sources
- is able to classify and analyze relevant secondary literature
- is able to discuss the problems related to the concept of 'Buddhism'
- is able to connect theory/concepts to data in the Buddhist contexts

Learning methods and activities

Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. In order to be admitted to the final exam a written assignment must be handed in and approved during the semester. It consists of a detailed outline of a self-chosen research problem which will be further developed to the final exam in the course of the semester. This outline includes:
- a research question
- an argumentative structure
- a definition and description of the data corpus to be used
- the identification of key-data (e.g. literary key-passages, an exemplary case etc)
- a list of researched literature on the topic

The assignment can have the form of either a bullet-point list, descriptive prose or a mindmap. The word count is not fixed.

The obligatory written assigment is only given in the semester when the course is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

The exam itself consits of a written assignment of 7000-8000 words.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

RVI1040 Religions of South Asia

Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Comparative Religion
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100

Submission 2020-12-10

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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