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Taught in India by exchange arrangement; may be taken by students who are not enrolled at University of Tasmania. Go to Philosophy: Buddhist Studies in India Program to find out more and register.

Enrolment: Approval is required from the Unit Coordinator


An intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture.

Students study at the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) and are taught by staff of that institute. Lectures on Tibetan politics, art, music and medicine are also given; and students participate in various ancillary activities, including Indian cultural programs, tours of Varanasi and travel to important Buddhist sites in India, including Bodh Gaya, Raj Ghir and the ruins of Nalanda University.

Each student is assigned a student colleague drawn from the student body of the CUTS who will help in acculturation and give a 'student's eye view' of Tibetan culture.

Summary 2021

Unit name Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture
Unit code HPA276
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies

Tracy Kostiuk

Teaching staff

Philosophy and staff of the CUTS

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HMA228, HMA328


Teaching Pattern

Orientation 2 wks of 2-hr meetings; in India 3 wks of 5 days, 5 hrs per day, plus additional study programs


Continuous assessment including 2 weekly 1,000-word essays (50%);     final 4,000-word take-home exam in third week (50%)

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