Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World
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The structure of the course is broadly historical, but material will be drawn from both textual and ethnographic sources. The key subjects will be the history of Jainism, the Jaina prophets and Jaina scriptures, Jaina doctrines of non-violence, Jaina schools and sects, contemporary religious and social practices, and Jainism in the modern world.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The aim of this course is to introduce students to important aspects of Jainism.
On completion of the course students should:
- be familiar with the central issues of the Jain tradition;
- be able to specify the major historical changes within Jainism;
- understand the ways in which contemporary Jain practices relate to other religious and cultural traditions.
Method of assessment
Coursework: two 2,500-3,000 word essays. Assessment: three hour exam paper 40%, essays 60%.