1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement


REL 372-001Spring 2018 | 3 Credit Hours

Recitation or Discussion

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

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Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

Specific context will be determined by faculty responsible for the course that semester. May be repeated for a maximum of May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours for differing topics.

This course explores religious themes and movements related to Buddhism in various Asian countries, Europe, and North America, with a focus on modern and contemporary periods. The topics include historical narratives, interpretations of texts, transformations of rituals, diaspora and identity, nationalism and politics, and contemporary pop culture. No previous knowledge of Buddhism is required. IBA ASST

Required Texts

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Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes

1. explain key concepts, methods, and approaches in the study of Buddhism

2. support claims with textual evidences

3. articulate the overarching and comparative themes of course content

4. present orally on research findings with an effective usage of digital aids

5. implement the above knowledge in writing assignments

Other Course Materials


Outline of Topics

Week 1


Week 2

An Introduction to Buddhism (1)

Week 3

An Introduction to Buddhism (2)

Week 4

An Introduction to Buddhism (3)

✔ 1st Test

Week 5

Living Buddhism (1)

Week 6

Living Buddhism (2)

✔ Practice Essay Due

Week 7

Living Buddhism (3)

✔ 2nd Test

Week 8

Bonds of the Dead (1)

Week 9

Bonds of the Dead (2)

✔ Practice Essay Revise and Resubmit Due

Week 10

Bonds of the Dead (3)

✔ 3rd Test

Week 11

The Making of Buddhist Modernism (1)

Week 12

The Making of Buddhist Modernism (2)

Week 13

The Making of Buddhist Modernism (3)

✔ 4th Test

Week 14


Week 15

✔ Making Sample Essay Questions

Summing Up

Finals Week

✔ Final Take-Home Essay Exam Due

Exams and Assignments

1. Workshops (60 points)

Workshops are individual and/or group work activities that will take place during scheduled class sessions either in-class or on Blackboard. Workshops may not necessarily be announced ahead of time. Your preparation for workshops will always include the readings assigned for that class session as well as the possibility of other work announced prior to the workshop.

2. Four Tests (20 points each, 80 in total): There will be three tests, each of which will cover all the readings, class lectures, films, multi-media materials, and discussions up to that point. Most tests will have questions of multiple formats (e.g. multiple-choice, short answers, etc.). The instructor will provide students with more information on how to prepare for them during class.

3. Take-Home Essay Exam (60 points in total)

• Practice Essay Assignment (2-page double-spaced, 15 points)

• Revised and Resubmitted Practice Essay Assignment (Those who did not score 15 points in the practice essay can earn the deducted points by resubmitting.)

• Making Sample Essay Question and Outline in Class (5 points). This is to help students prepare for the upcoming essay exam.

• Final Take-Home Exam Essay (40 points). A list of essay questions will be available on BB at 6am on May 1 (Mon). For the question you chose, please write an essay no longer than 2 pages double-spaced. They are due within 72 hours.

Total Points: 200

Grading Policy

A+ 200 – 190

A 189 – 180

B+ 179 – 170

B 169 – 160

C+ 159 – 150

C 149 – 140

D+ 139 – 130

D 129 – 120

D- 119 – 110

F 109 – 0

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

I do not accept any late work or make-up assignments unless there is a documented emergency (injury, sickness, job interview, urgent health problem of close family member, etc.). Computer and network issues, traffic issues, lost items, etc. are not considered as emergencies, so please plan accordingly. I reserve the right to ask for a document or email from someone who can attest to your situation. Please see “Consultation” above – then we discuss appropriate accommodation for your situation.

Attendance Policy

You are expected to attend every class session. I will not take attendance. But you have to be here to do well, especially for workshops. You will need the context I provide in class to make sense of the readings you do on your own. So, I won’t be taking attendance but if you don’t come to class you will probably do very poorly.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.