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COSM38: Religion and Society in East and South-East Asia

What does it mean to study religion and society in contemporary East and South-East Asia? How does religion shape and is shaped by “modern” or “post-industrial” societies of East and South-East Asia?

In this course, we examine different religions and religious developments and practices through the medium of ethnographic writings and film.

The course explores the main religious traditions in the region such as Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Shinto, as well as folk religious traditions and new religions. Religion is studied from an anthropological perspective that provides a deeper understanding of the socio-economic and political context of religious practices and communities. Religion is also studied in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, environment, economics, and technology.

Course not given fall 2024

COSM38 information

Course code: COSM38
Credits: 7.5 ECTS credits
Cycle: Second Cycle 
Language of instruction: English
Study venue: Lund
Rate of study: Full time (100%)
Teaching hours: Daytime
Entry requirements: To be eligible to the course, the students must have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences or humanities. Oral and written language proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement.