This unit explores the diversity and continued dynamism of Buddhism in modern Asia. The focus of the unit is social, cultural and political with an emphasis on the way Buddhism is influencing Asian societies and is, in turn, influenced by them. Buddhism's encounter with modernity and its role in the nation state, in lay and environmental movements and its influence on social and political discourses and practices will be examined.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1xquiz (equivalent to 500wds) (15%), 1x2000wd written assignment (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (30%)
12 Junior credit points in units of study listed in Table A