11 Introduction

World Religions – Buddhism

Module Introduction

This module will provide students with an introduction to the religion of Buddhism. The module Learning Unit will familiarize students with Buddhist religious history as well as Buddhist beliefs and practices. From there, students will complete the Timeline Activity, organizing important events from Buddhist history in the proper order. On this module’s Discussion Board, the student will argue for whether or not they believe that Buddhism is a religion defined by permanence or impermanence. Finally, the student will demonstrate proficiency of this Learning Unit through the module assessments.(1)

Learning Outcomes

This module aligns with Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the life of Siddhartha Guatama.
  • List and describe the Four Noble Truths.
  • Compare and contrast elements of Buddhist theology with the theology of other Indian religious traditions.
  • Describe essential elements related to Buddhist theology (e.g. reincarnation, the soul, permanence/impermanence.
  • Identify the function of religious practices found within Hindu tradition.
  • Identify how the Buddhist religion became a migratory religion.
  • Identify similarities and differences between the three Buddhist schools. (1)

Required Reading

Learning Unit 3

Assignments and Learning Activities

  • Complete Module 3 Discussion
  • Complete Buddhism Timeline Activity
  • Complete Module 3 Quiz


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