Course Syllabus

 

Course Description

The worldwide resurgence of interest in Buddhist philosophy demonstrates that its ideals of logic, individualism, tolerance and freedom have appeal in the 21st century. Of the four major religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam, Buddhism alone makes no attempt to convert others or to persecute those whose beliefs are different.  Its message of nonviolence and personal responsibility may be needed more now than ever.

This course examines the known historical facts of the Buddha's life. His teachings are introduced, including the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment, and the Five Noble Precepts. Participants will learn the nature of Karma, and the distinction between Rebirth in Buddhist philosophy and reincarnation as it is envisioned in Hinduism and other religions.  Participants will analyze the history of Buddhist philosophy in the 2500 years since its inception and the differences among the three main branches into which Buddhism has evolved. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the nature of Nirvana and Enlightenment, and the distinction between the two.  This course will also provide an overview of Buddhism as it becomes increasingly influential in the modern world, including the areas of art, architecture, science, politics, and culture.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize who Buddha is.
  • Describe The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, the Eightfold Path, and the Five Precepts.
  • Define and recognize karma.
  • Describe the cycle of birth.
  • Summarize the history of Buddhism.
  • Describe Buddhist art and architecture.
  • Describe roots and branches of Buddhism.
  • Define nirvana.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 1: Who Was the Buddha? 10 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2: The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism 14 points
Lesson 3: The Eightfold Path 10 points
Lesson 4: The Five Precepts 15 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5: Karma 10 points
Lesson 6: The Cycle of Birth 15 points
Lesson 7: The History of Buddhism 13 points
Lesson 8: Buddhist Art and Architecture 12 points
Lesson 9: Roots and Branches 14 points
Lesson 10: Nirvana 11 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11: Modern Buddhism 14 points
The Final Exam 41 points
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