May 06, 2021
CLWR 4350 - Women in Buddhist Traditions
Explores women and Buddhism during different historical periods and in different cultures. Through a variety of sources, illuminates Buddhist concepts of gender and sexuality, views of women’s spiritual capacities, the diversity of women’s images, roles, experiences, concerns, and contributions in Buddhist societies, and scholarly approaches to women in Buddhism. Special attention given to how gender is constructed in each cultural and religious context encountered, with particular emphasis on Buddhist women in Southeast Asia. Explores reasons why texts on religion have not always included the voices of women, and investigates ways to uncover them through research techniques and alternative hermeneutical strategies.
Requisites: CLWR 3350
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Appreciate the historical agency of Buddhist women even in situations of oppression.
- Articulate ideas in a thoughtful and effective manner through informal and formal writing exercises.
- Challenge incorrect stereotypes (positive and negative) about Buddhist women.
- Critically evaluate primary and secondary sources on women and Buddhism.
- Describe the diversity of women’s images, roles, experiences and concerns, discerning various viewpoints in different cultural contexts.
- Elucidate how women have been represented in Buddhist scriptures and how Buddhist women have responded to these representations.
- Explain why Buddhist texts have not always included the voices of women, and implement ways to uncover them through research.
- Illuminate Buddhist concepts of gender and sexuality.
- Illustrate the strategies Buddhist women have developed to gain access to Buddhist institutions, especially monastic institutions.
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