• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Modern Southeast Asia has an extraordinarily rich and dynamic religious landscape. As nations develop, lifestyles change and traditional barriers between people fall away as a result of globalisation, there is little indication that religion is losing its salience as an organising focus for the people of this region or becoming less diverse. The course adopts anthropological perspectives to show how religion is embedded in the everyday lives, concerns, and worldviews of modern Southeast Asians. It will focus on the practice of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity in a number of countries, along with ancestor worship, spirit worship, pilgrimages, love magic, prosperity cults, sorcery, and exorcism. By exploring landmark works in the anthropology of religion, especially those with a focus on Southeast Asia, it will provide students with conceptual tools for understanding religious practice comparatively, review key debates in the study of Southeast Asian religions, and introduce students to ethnographic approaches to researching and writing about religion and society.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. become familiar with key debates in the study of religion in Southeast Asia 
2. know the landmark works and paradigms in the anthropology of Southeast Asian religion
3. gain conceptual tools for understanding religious practice comparatively 
4. understand what is distinctive about ethnographic approaches to religion and society 
5. using Southeast Asian examples, write analytically about religion in practice

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation  10% 1,2,3 
Short essay 1500 30% 1,2,3,4,5 
Long essay 3000 40% 1,2,3,4,5 
Critical summaries of 5 tutorial readings 1500 20% 1,2,3,4 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses.



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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2017 $2856
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2017 $4080
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