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Introduction to Buddhism in the Modern World

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Course ID: 2400-OG-EN-BWŚ
Erasmus code / ISCED: (unknown) / (0314) Sociology and cultural studies The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: Introduction to Buddhism in the Modern World
Name in Polish: Introduction to Buddhism in the Modern World
Organizational unit: Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Course groups: (in Polish) Zajęcia ogólnouniwersyteckie w j. obcym na WFiNS
General university courses
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.00 Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.
Language: English
Short description: (in Polish)

This course aims to provide basic information about buddhism, its history, development of traditions, and schools. It explains its global expansion and discusses the influence of dharma in contemporary science and art. What is more, it deliberates on contemporary phenomena related to Buddhas' teachings, such as “socially engaged buddhism” and “buddhist modernism”.

Full description: (in Polish)

Subjects presented and discussed during this seminar will refer to:

- history of Buddhism

- introduction to dharma

- migration of buddhism to western world

- modernization of Buddhism

- buddhism and science

- concept of socially engaged Buddhism

- buddhist practices in the West

- buddhism in Poland

Bibliography: (in Polish)

Baumann Martin, 2001, Global Buddhism: Developmental Periods,

Regional Histories, and a New Analytical Perspective, [in:] Journal of Global Buddhism 2, pp. 1-43.

Coleman James William, 2002, The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition, Oxford University Press

McMahan David, 2008, The making of Buddhist modernism, Oxford University Press.

Powers John, 1995, Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Snow Lion Publication.

Prebish Charles, 2002, Studying the Spread and Histories of Buddhism in the West, [in:] Westward Dharma – Buddhism Beyond Asia, Prebish Charles, Baumann Martin (edit.) Berkeley, University of California Press.

Wallece Alan, 2002, The Spectrum of Buddhist Practice in the West, [in:] Westward Dharma – Buddhism Beyond Asia, Premish Charles, Baumann Martin (edit.) Berkeley, University of California Press, pp. 34-50.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria: (in Polish)

The final grade will depend on: the activity of the student during seminars, his/hers knowledge of literature (50%) and oral presentation with the use of PowerPoint (50%) [which will be graded with the use of standard scale (2-5)].

Classes in period "Summer semester 2021/22" (past)

Time span: 2022-02-21 - 2022-09-30
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Type of class:
Discussion seminar, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Malwina Krajewska
Group instructors: Malwina Krajewska
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Examination: Course - Grading
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Classes in period "Summer semester 2022/23" (past)

Time span: 2023-02-20 - 2023-09-30
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Coordinators: Malwina Krajewska
Group instructors: Malwina Krajewska
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Classes in period "Summer semester 2023/24" (in progress)

Time span: 2024-02-20 - 2024-09-30
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Type of class:
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Coordinators: Malwina Krajewska
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Classes in period "Summer semester 2024/25" (future)

Time span: 2025-02-17 - 2025-09-30
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Type of class:
Discussion seminar, 30 hours more information
Coordinators: Malwina Krajewska
Group instructors: Malwina Krajewska
Students list: (inaccessible to you)
Examination: Course - Grading
Discussion seminar - Grading
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