Topics in Buddhism in the West: Buddhism in media and popular culture.
This course examines representations of Buddhists and Buddhism in media and popular culture as well as Buddhist use of media both as propagational tool and as personal expression. We will analyze case studies from film and visual media, music and the performing arts, and online and social media from a variety of methodological perspectives such as ritual theory, post-colonial studies, and media studies.
The course assumes a basic familiarity with Buddhism or prior Buddhist studies experience.
Course format: seminar discussion.
Evaluation: participation in class, reflection papers, final research paper. Auditors with Faculty Permission