Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Mahidol University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Asian Philosophy

  • Host University

    Mahidol University

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:

    Main aspects of Asian philosophy, covering the key philosophical ideas in India, starting from the Indian philosophy during the Rgvedic period, Buddhist philosophy and other main Hindu philosophical ideas developed during and after the Buddha’s lifetime.

    Course Goals:

    Differentiate the main schools of Indian philosophy, starting from the RV period onwards; explain the main philosophical ideas of both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; summarize the main ideas of other classical Hindu philosophies, which were developed during and after the Buddha’s time; read and analyze the Hindu and Buddhist philosophical texts.

    Objectives of development/revision:

    Being up-to-date with current research and didactically more effective.

    Teaching Methods:

    • Lectures
    • group discussion
    • PowerPoint-presentations
    • self-study

    Evaluation Methods:

    • Midterm Exam
    • Quizzes
    • Assignments and Final Paper

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