Buddhist Philosophy Syllabus & Schedule

PHIL 16 FALL 2017, Class Code: 41286

Instructor: Eric Gerlach – email: ericgerlach@gmail.com

Online via Moodle: http://eperalta.org/fall2017

Website: ericgerlach.com/buddhistphilosophy/

Office Hours: Friday 12:30 -1:30 pm @ K’s Coffee, next door to BCC

Course Description: This course introduces students to the history of Buddhist philosophy, focusing on the core ideas of central thinkers from India, Tibet, China & Japan.

If you have any issues with Moodle, email: online@peralta.edu

Texts:  The readings for the class will be posted at the top of each of the lectures online.

Assignments: Two 4-5 page essays (2 x 25%) & a final 7-10 page paper (50%)

Class Schedule

Students can read the lectures and complete the essays at their own pace, turning in all work for the course before midnight on Dec 15th. I would advise students to turn in the first two essays well before this if they want ample time to respond to feedback in preparation for writing the final paper.  Topics for the class include:

1) Buddhism, Philosophy & Human Thought

2) The Golden Age of Indian Thought

3) The Orthodox & Unorthodox Schools

4) Mahavira & Jainism

5) Buddha & The Dhammapada

6) Buddhism in India & Tibet

7) Buddhism in China & Japan

8) Daoism

9) Zen & the Koans

10) Dogen

11) Buddhism & Pragmatism

12) Buddhism & Postmodernism

Student Learning Outcomes:

Information Competency: understand philosophical concepts and systems

Critical Thinking: evaluate philosophical concepts and argue for and against viewpoints

Global Awareness & Valuing Diversity: understand diverse cultures of thought

General Student Requirements:

Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. All readings and assignments should be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are listed here. This class is run as a lecture/discussion course.  Students are responsible for all class material (even if they miss class). If you miss class, it is strongly advised that you ask a classmate for notes. It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. Please read through the syllabus and plan ahead.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarists, intentional or inadvertent, will receive a zero on the assignment in question; repeat offenders will get an F for the course and will be subject to college disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to review plagiarism policies in the current Vista College catalog.  Attendance is mandatory. If you miss more than five classes, you will receive an F in the course. (Note: I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences; if you miss more than five classes, for any reason, you cannot pass the class.)

Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) are provided for any enrolled student who has a verified disability that creates an educational limitation that prevents the student from fully benefiting from classes without additional support services or instruction. Please let the instructor know if you require any support services or would like more information about DSPS.

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. Additional handouts of required readings may also be added.