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RLT4070 - Buddhism:Society, Politics and Ethics

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Ian Mabbett


Not offered in 2007


Ethical and social doctrines in early Buddhist texts and their implications for questions of politics in the light of the society of the time. Buddhist ethical doctrines and theories in the light of Western philosophical issues. The unit highlights selected issues of social concern such as human relationships and emotions, women and family, race, caste and identity orientations, equality, freedom and human rights, ethical issues pertaining to the environment, and death and dying.


Exercise (1000 words): 10%
Two research essays (3000 words each): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week