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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What is the role of Buddhism in the society and politics of contemporary Asia? The unit will focus on Buddhism in China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Tibet in order to explore relationships between Buddhism, society and politics and the ways in which diverse Buddhist identities relate to emerging ideas about Buddhism as a global religion. We conclude by examining Western engagement with the philosophical, scientific and psychological aspects of Buddhist traditions. The aim is to foster students' understanding of the diversity of Buddhist cultures and the contemporary impact of Buddhism on politics and society in our region.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects AST2CBS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Available to count in the Asian Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, and Religious Studies major in the BA.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Experience of BuddhismPrescribedStrong, J.WADSWORTH 2007
Readings"Buddhism and Politics" in Routledge Handbook of Religion and PoliticsRecommendedFriedlander, P.HAYNES, J. (ED.) ROUTLEDGE, 2009
ReadingsBuddhism and Politics in 20th century AsiaRecommendedHarris, I.CONTINUUM 2001
ReadingsThe Buddhist World of Southeast AsiaRecommendedSwearer, D. K.SUNY 2009

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