Master in Buddhism and Sustainable Development (MBSD)
|Course Code||Title of Course||Credits||Core themes|
|Year I; Semester I|
|MBSD511||Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy||3||· Introduction to View, Meditation and Conduct
· Fundamental categories, doctrines and problems of Buddhist philosophy as presented in the Buddhist canon(s) and Commentarial traditions.
· Historical development and the relationship of doctrine, practice and ethics.
· Academic skills to read and critically assess.
· Primary and secondary sources.
|MBSD 512||Foundation of Development||3||· Basic idea of development, progress, growth, de-growth, zero growth, underdevelopment, mal-development, eco-development, well-being (material and non-material)
· Conceptualizing devt as a holistic approach involving multiple dimensions and facets; including human potentials and ecological justice
· Offering theoretical debates from macro to micro perspectives; Global north vs south, and mainstream vs alternative
|MBSD 513||Sustainability study||3||· Fundamentals of sustainable development (SD); and its academic orientation
· Crisis in devt, and origin of SD approach (concept and context)
· Frontiers of SD: what beyond three pillars (society, ecology and economy)?
· Local narration on sustainability: indigenous knowledge system, appropriate technology and concept of sarbodaya and swarajya
· Sustainability from the Buddhist perspective of view, meditation and conduct.
· SDGs- Agenda for 2030, our responsibility and its critique
|MBSD 514||Ecology, environment and sustainable development||3||· Conceptualization on the ideas and debates around Climate Change, Biodiversity loss, Population growth,-Environmental degradation
· Ecological sustainability as an unavoidable part of SD
· Environmental management, Environmental justice, Green economy
· Ecosystem services or nature’s contribution to people; ; types of ecosystem services, and its importance for sustainable development
· Buddhist perspective of ecology, and environmental management
|MBSD 515A||Governance and development||3||· Basic idea of governance; shared leadership and its importance in development; idea of not being governed
· Buddhist idea of governance and its needs in sustainable devt
· Governance in principles and practices (global and Nepal)
· Key issues and service delivery in federal context
|MBSD 515B||Project design and management||3||· Concept of project; its designing and managing the cycle in sustainable devt context
· Theory of change; and cost-benefit analysis
· Project approach; strategies; outcomes; contingency plan and action plans; GESI framework
|Year I; Semester II|
|MBSD 521||Abhidharma and Psychology||3||· Introduction to idea of Dhamma and Abhidharma
· Fundamentals of Buddhist metaphysics, cosmology and psychology.
· Similarities and differences between Buddhist Non-Buddhist and secular psychological frameworks.
|MBSD 522||Sustainable pathways of development||3||· Alternative and post-colonial idea of devt; local roots and global connections
· Strategies of bio-engineering, environmental management; land use planning; forest and wildlife conservation; cultural regeneration and Eco-spirituality
· Strategies for improvements in production and consumption; equity and justice for the better world
· Buddhist perspective on the strategies for maintaining sustainability
|MBSD 523||Buddhist Meditation||3||· Fundamentals of Śamatha and Vipaśyanā and their relationship as presented in canonical and commentarial texts.
· The evolution of Meditative traditions within Buddhism.
· Theravada Meditative traditions vis-à-vis Mahayana Meditative traditions
|MBSD 524||Narratives of development in Nepal||3||· Need to analyze Nepal’s development from historical perspective;
· Devt practices and policies in different political regimes and regional territories
· Contemporary trends and key challenges/ opportunities
|MBSD 525||Sustaining peace and social transformation||3||· Basic concept on peace and conflict; non-violence and non-discrimination
· Causes and effects of conflict, unhappiness, and greed
· Buddhist idea of conflict management through the exploration of truth
|MBSD 526||Sustainable livelihood and entrepreneurship development||3||· Idea of wholelsome and sustainable livelihood (samyak-ājibikā); strategies for entrepreneurship devt; selected case studies and practices|
|Year II; Semester III|
|MBSD 531||Non-violent communication and spiritual counselling||3||· Basic concepts of non-violent communication and spiritual counselling through integration of Buddhist ethical principles and modern theories on Nonviolent communication.
· Counselling skills for brief interventions.
· Develop empathy and listening skills as a preliminary of Selfless leadership
· Identification of critical issues in personal, social, communal communication and the means of resolution
|MBSD 532||Community Development: Principles and Practices||3||· Meaning and principles of community development; participatory development; community well-being and self-less leadership
· Selected case studies from Nepali society plus international context (e.g. sanghs, engaged Buddhism, bahi, bihar, chuchi, Tibetan community; and more)
|MBSD 533||Research Methodology||3||· Basic idea and process of scientific research;
· Critiques to conventional research approach/ process; and constructivism
· Basics of Buddhist methods of training, hermeneutics and epistemology.
|MBSD 534||Disaster risk reduction: Strategies and practices||3||· Introduction and types of Disasters;
· Concept and approaches of Disaster Risk management and Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Risk Resilience, climate change adaptation and resilience
· Global and Nepalese Practices of Disaster Risk Management, strategies;
· Buddhist perspective on disasters risk reduction and its approach
|MBSD 535||Tools on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)||3||Concept of PME, and its nexus of development; project evaluation and impact studies|
|MBSD 536||Child care and social gerontology||3||Humanistic approach of development—children and elderly persons are also unavoidable part of human happiness and family welfare|
|Year II; Semester IV|
|MBSD 541||Buddhism, society and selfless-leadership||3||· Fundamentals of Buddhist ethics (BE).
· Role of BE and it’s aspects on personal, inter-personal and Social wellbeing and sustainable development.
· Role of BE in a wholesome Leadership
|MBSD 542||Policy and planning in development||3||· Policy study; public policy; policy cycle, policy paradox; types of devt planning
· Techniques, and process of local development policy/ planning formulation (with case studies)
· Key issues of policy formulation vs implementation
|MBSD 543||Population, migration and remittance||3||· Social mobility, migration and role of remittances in development; remittance economy and its sustainable use in devt|
|MBSD 544||Thesis||3||· Mandatory research project; Innovative idea of development; usage of Buddhist methods of triple training, hermeneutics and epistemology as means to conduct an authentic/valid research.|
|MBSD 545||Hospitality and Tourism development||3||· Idea of tourism and its role in Nepal’s development; practices in developing entrepreneurial skill in hospitality and tourism sector|
|MBSD 546||Social and environmental safeguards||3||· Social, human and cultural aspects of sustainability; tools and techniques of SIA
· Environmental safeguards: IEE and EIA