Nov 29, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin
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RELI 125 - (CC, HP) Buddhism and Psychology

Semester Hours: 3
This course explores Buddhism as a non-scientific kind of psychology. Students read key Buddhist texts and explore their contemporary application by studying recent changes in the diagnosis of depression in different countries in Asia where Buddhism plays a cultural role. This course considers the pros and cons of medical globalization and of the universalization of biomedical disease categories, as well as the ways in which emotions and desires are experienced and approached in different cultures. Students will also explore whether religion is able to provide cultural protectors against certain forms of mental disease and examine the consequences of the interaction of Buddhist cultural forms with Western biomedical technologies and truths.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
Any one of the following courses: RELI 010 , 015 , 016 , 019 , 026 , 035 , 040 , 075 , 077 , 086 , 104 , 118 ; ANTH 117 ; or ASST 021 , 011 .

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