This course examines the intersection of religion and healing in the Asian context. It considers alternatives to the biomedical model of healing, and investigates the historical and sociological factors that have linked religious specialists to physical and psychological well-being. Primary and secondary source readings from the Hindu, Buddhist, and/or Daoist traditions will provide students with the theoretical framework for rethinking our definitions of "religion" and "the body," and consideration of the religious dimensions of non-western therapeutic modalities in contemporary America will provide students with opportunities for original research and critical analysis. This course counts toward Civilization, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies credit


4 sh

Course Types

Civilization; Advanced Studies; Asian Studies Elective; PHS Required Elective

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