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ASIA 450Z Special Topics in Buddhist Studies - BUDDHIST STUDIES

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Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ASIA 450Z 001Lecture2 Wed Fri16:0017:30

The title of this course is Buddhism and Social Changes in Contemporary East Asia. This is a student directed seminar focusing on the relationship between Buddhism and contemporary social changes from 1950 to the present in East Asia. Students will discuss how Buddhism responds to social, political and economic changes with a focus on Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Students will cover themes such as identity politics, gender, nationalism, cultural revitalization, diaspora, secularism, globalization, and new religious movements within Buddhism. We will go through these themes by examining case studies such as the Cultural Revolution in China and charity works run by Buddhist communities. Each week, we will begin with a specific case study, and then closely examine related theory. and ~