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RELS209 The Body in Asian Religions

An examination of some of the ways in which body, gender and sexuality are constructed and practiced in cultures dominated by Hindu and Buddhist ideals.

The paper will examine the confluence of Asian religious and academic concerns with the body through consideration of technologies of the body (such as asceticism, yoga, semen retention, dismemberment and remembering of the body in ritual), idealised representations of the body (as heroic or divine), the role of the body as both vehicle for and hinderance to spiritual progress, and the religious significance of different bodies (male, female, 'other'). The paper will also critically examine the way representations of Asian religions in the West, both within and beyond the academy, have been dominated by a fascination with bodily practices such as sati, yoga and meditation.

Paper title The Body in Asian Religions
Paper code RELS209
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
36 points
Restriction
RELS 309, RELX 209, RELX 309
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 233 or 333 passed in 2005.
Eligibility
Contact
Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee: elizabeth.guthrie-higbee@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Guthrie-Higbee
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into six modules:
  • Hindu bodies
  • The body as instrument
  • Regulated bodies
  • Buddhist bodies
  • Bodhisattva bodies
  • 'Other' bodies
Assessment:
  • Essay outline - 5%
  • Essay (2,000 words) - 35%
  • Exam (three hours) - 60%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Weekly lectures

Distance: Online discussion
Textbooks
A coursebook has been developed for this paper and will be available in print and PDF form.
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS209
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to demonstrate
  • A sound factual knowledge of the treatment of issues relating to gender in Hinduism and Buddhism
  • An awareness of both diversity and uniformity in religious teachings and practices
  • An understanding of the social causes and consequences of the construction of gender and sexuality in religious thought

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An examination of some of the ways in which body, gender and sexuality are constructed and practiced in cultures dominated by Hindu and Buddhist ideals.

An examination of some of the ways in which body, gender and sexuality are constructed and practiced in cultures dominated by Hindu and Buddhist ideals.The paper will examine the confluence of Asian religious and academic concerns with the body through consideration of technologies of the body (such as asceticism, yoga, semen retention, dismemberment and remembering of the body in ritual), idealised representations of the body (as heroic or divine), the role of the body as both vehicle for and hindrance to spiritual progress, and the religious significance of different bodies (male, female, 'other'). The paper will also critically examine the way representations of Asian religions in the West, both within and beyond the academy, have been dominated by a fascination with bodily practices such as sati, yoga and meditation.

Paper title The Body in Asian Religions
Paper code RELS209
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
36 points
Restriction
RELS 309, RELX 209, RELX 309
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be credited together with RELS 233 or 333 passed in 2005.
Eligibility
Contact
Keziah Wallis: keziah.wallis@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course co-ordinator: Associate Professor Will Sweetman
Lecturers: Associate Professor Will Sweetman and Keziah Wallis
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into six modules:
  • Hindu bodies
  • The body as instrument
  • Regulated bodies
  • Buddhist bodies
  • Bodhisattva bodies
  • 'Other' bodies
Assessment:
  • Essay outline - 10%
  • Essay (2,000 words) - 35%
  • Exam (three hours) - 55%
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 1-hour tutorial fortnightly
Textbooks
A coursebook containing lecture notes and readings is available for this paper. Printed copies will be available through the printshop. The coursebook is also available as a PDF through Blackboard.
Course outline
View sample course outline for RELS209
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to demonstrate
  • A sound factual knowledge of the treatment of issues relating to gender in Hinduism and Buddhism
  • An awareness of both diversity and uniformity in religious teachings and practices
  • An understanding of the social causes and consequences of the construction of gender and sexuality in religious thought

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-33, 37-41