Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AQH00201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Hinduism and Buddhism in South Asia (南アジアのヒンドゥー教と仏教)
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Hinduism and Buddhism in South Asia
スギキ ツネヒコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Mon9-10:IAS K204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
Lecture. Question and answer. 
Credits 1 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Religion
Eligible Students Students from all departments
Keywords Buddhism, Hinduism, religion, India, and South Asia 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Students learn thoughts and cultures of Buddhism and Hinduism in premodern India. 
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
・Knowledge and understanding of "Japanese and Japanese culture"  and "foreign languages and foreign culture" which are prerequisite abilities for communication with peoples in different culture and areas.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The abilities and skills to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, and to deliver presentations at a seminar or research meetings, and to answer questions.

Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
・The knowledge and understanding of one's own language and culture and other languages and cultures that are prerequisite abilities for communication with people from different cultures and areas of specialization.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to summarize one's own research in reports or academic papers, deliver presentations at seminars or research meetings, and explain it in an easy way so that people in different cultures and areas of specialization understand. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
In this course we learn religious, moral, and law systems of Buddhism (and its relation to Hinduism) in South Asian countries (India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal) mainly in the ancient age, and understand its roles in the making of the Buddhist in those areas. Iconic documents are actively used in this course. Although minimum, we also learn some modern forms of Buddhism. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1 Buddha: The Buddha and the history of Buddhism.
Lesson 2 Buddha: Stories of former lives of the Buddha (Jataka stories).
Lesson 3 Dhamma (Dharma): Religous discourses in early Buddhism
Lesson 4 Sangha: Rules of conduct and the ideal social structure according to the Vinaya scriptures.
Lesson 5 Mahayana: Emptiness, compassion, and bodhisattvas.
Lesson 6 Mahayana: The mind-only and the Tathagata embryo.
Lesson 7 Expansion of Buddhism and Ashoka's ideology.
Lesson 8 Conclusion

Students are required to hand in a paper at the end of this course. 
We do not use texts that are commercially available. I provide handouts in every class. 
PC or AV used in
Handouts, PC, and DVD. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Lesson 1: Understand the life history of the Buddha and the outline of the history of Indian Buddhism.
Lesson 2: Understand the stories of past lives of the Buddha and and their implications.
Lessons 3: Understand the fundamental Buddhist teachings taught in ancient Indian Budhist scriptures.
Lecture 4: Understand the Buddhist Monastic Order.
Lecture 5: Understand the Mahayana doctrines of emptiness, compassoin, and bodhisattva.
Lecture 6: Understand the Mahayana doctrines of mind-only and Tathagata embryo (the inner potential to become a Buddha)
Lecture 7: Understand what Ashoka (the third emperer of the Maurya dynasty) did and his contribution to the expansion of Buddhism.
Lecture 8 Reflection and summary.  
Requirements You must be interested in South Asian (Indian, Sri Lankan, and Nepali) religions such as Buddhism. Your English level is expected to be above TOEFL PBT450, iBT45 or TOEIC 600.  
Grading Method Class performance 30% and the final paper 70%. 
Message I expect your active performances in class. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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