CONTEMPORARY BUDDHISM, POLITICS AND SOCIETY
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Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorKaori Okano
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Incompatible subjects AST2CBS
Special conditions Available to count in the Asian Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics, and Religious Studies major in the BA.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||The Experience of Buddhism||Prescribed||Strong, J.||WADSWORTH 2007|
|Readings||"Buddhism and Politics" in Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics||Recommended||Friedlander, P.||HAYNES, J. (ED.) ROUTLEDGE, 2009|
|Readings||Buddhism and Politics in 20th century Asia||Recommended||Harris, I.||CONTINUUM 2001|
|Readings||The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia||Recommended||Swearer, D. K.||SUNY 2009|
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