ASIAN 327 - Thai Buddhism and Film
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will introduce students to the central beliefs, practices, actors and institutions of Buddhism in Thailand through the medium of film. We will explore the complicated relationship between official and unofficial, elite and popular visions of Buddhism in both Thai society and Thai cinema. Different genres of film will be explored (horror, drama, action, comedy, romance, teen, mystery, animation, etc.) in order to gain an appreciation for the multiple aesthetic and representational choices at play in cinematic depictions of Thai Buddhism. In addition to examining Buddhist beliefs, values and practices on the silver screen, we will also explore questions about sexuality, gender, class, ethnicity, tradition, modernity, and globalization in contemporary Thai society and culture.

Course Requirements:

Attendance and Participation: 10%; Class presentation on film of your choice: 10%; Critical film response (x4): 20%; Paper (x3): 60%

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates in all fields, and especially those interested in Asian Studies, Southeast Asia, Religion, Popular Culture, Media, Sociology and History.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ASIAN 327 - Thai Buddhism and Film
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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