HREB00051U REL, Contemporary Buddhism in Asia

Volume 2015/2016

Curriculum for the BA programme with main subject in Religious Studies, 2010
Curriculum for the elective studies in Religious studies, 2007
Curriculum the the BA programme in Asian Studies, 2010
Curriculum for the MA programme in History of Religions, 2008
Curriculum for the MA programme in Sociology of Religion, 2008
Curriculum for The MA-minor programme in Religious Studies, 2008


Buddhism in the contemporary, modern world has undergone swift and dramatic transformations in the past few decades, mostly due to the influence of globalization and modernization processes. This course takes a closer look at contemporary configurations of Buddhism and the manner in which these modern and global transformations are taking place.  While Buddhism in European-American contexts comes quickly to mind when considering the impact of globalization on Buddhism, this course pays particular attention to how contemporary Buddhism is being transformed in a number of regional contexts, with Asia as a primary focus. We will look at regional distinctions in the development of Buddhism, as well as the global spread of common trends, such as the influence of modernization, globalization, secularization and even youth, and the impact of contemporary understandings of science, psychology, politics, economics, etc. Covering both regional developments and trends in contemporary Buddhism along with a discussion of theoretical approaches for analyzing these developments, students will acquire a wide range of skills which aid in examining contemporary religion in the global, modern world. 

Learning Outcome

BA Religion 2010-studieordning:
Valgfrit område (fagelementkode HREB00311E)

BA-tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Religionsanalytisk område A (fagelementkode HREB10091E)
Religionsanalytisk område B (fagelementkode HREB10101E

BA Asien, 2010-studiordning
Indologi: Realia 1 (fagelementkode HIDB00671E)
Japanstudier: Realia 1 (fagelementkode HJAB00671E)
Koreastudier: Realia 1 (fagelementkode HKOB00671E)
Sydøstasienstudier, Indonesisk: Realia 1 (fagelementkode HIØB00671E)
Sydøstasienstudier, Thai: Realia 1 (fagelementkode HTHB00671E)

KA Religionshistorie 2008-studieordning:
Speciel Religionshistorie valgfag A (fagelementkode HRHK03661E )
Speciel Religionshistorie valgfagB (fagelementkode HRHK03671E )

KA Religionssociologi 2008-studieordning:
Særligt studeret område 1 (HRSK03441E)
Særligt studeret område 2 (HRSK03491E)

KA-sidefag Religionsvidenskab 2008-studieordning:
Valgfrit originalsprogsemne (fagelementkode HREK03031E)

Lectures and exercises
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment