Buddhism and Modern Society

Subject Code: 
ABSPG305

 

 

 

  Lecture Date Census Date Location

Semester 2 2017 7-11 August 2017 7 August NTI Wollongong Campus

The various schools of Buddhism teach systems of beliefs and practices based on the principles of change and inter-dependence.  This subject surveys how major Buddhist Schools today respond to contemporary issues and events around the world by adapting and reinterpreting the ancient doctrines to the modern world.  This process is studied in both directions: how traditional Buddhist communities adapt to modernity and how Buddhist teachings are interpreted, reinvented or embraced. The topics include Buddhist responses to globalisation, science and technology, economics, consumerism, workplace management, ethical leadership, bio-ethics, gender issues and environmental sustainability. This subject will provide an opportunity to discuss how Buddhism in East Asia, South Asia and the West may develop in the future.

Students Will:

  • Analyse the application and relevance of Buddhist thought in today’s context and in relation to the current viewpoints of modern economics, politics, sociology and environmental studies.
  • Analyse the influences of Buddhism in modern society, including mindfulness as well as the Buddhist perspective on globalisation and modern social issues.
  • Investigate contemporary influences in Buddhist communities, including the role of women, Buddhist enterprises and social action.
  • Develop the skills to pose research questions, investigate and analyse the literature, and present oral and written research reports.

Duration

Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily

Assignments

3 weeks - Final assignments due 

Enrolment

'Applied Mindfulness' can be taken as a non-award subject, or as part of the NTI Applied Buddhist Studies program.

This 6 credit point subject can be an elective in:

Master of Arts (Applied Buddhist Studies)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Applied Buddhist Studies

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Applied Buddhist Studies

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students

$1,250.00

International students

$1,600.00

Entry requirements

  • Anyone can attend as a 'one-off' (non-award) student, however students who do not have English as a first language must have at least IELTS 6.5 with no sub-band score less than 6.0, and obtained not more than two years before the date of enrolment.
  • Students who wish to take this subject as an elective in NTI's Postgraduate Program in Applied Buddhist Studies (award students) must meet the entry requirements for the Graduate Program (including the English requirements listed above). Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.
  • There are no prerequisites to study this subject as an award or non-award student.
  • Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required.