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Tibet and the West

This class carries Culture Studies credit & COLL S & H distribution credit

This course examines Western perceptions of Tibet during the past 700 years. It presents Tibetan history and culture during this period and compares Tibetan civilization with the popular concepts about Tibet that prevailed in the West during this same period. The modern Western view of Tibet as "Shangrila," reflected in such novels and films as Lost Horizon will be examined, as will Tibetan perceptions of Westerners and Western civilization.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Course Code: 
R571

The Tibetan Empire

This course focuses on the first fully historical, well recorded period of Tibetan history, during the Early Middle Ages, when the Tibetans dominated the Tibetan Plateau and a large part of Eurasia beyond.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R579

Tibetan Sources for the Study of Tibetan History

This course will deal with the corpus of Tibetan-language sources for the study of Tibetan history. Students will be exposed to the basic tools for dealing with Tibetan histories, biographies, and geographical materials and related sources. They will be introduced to the major dictionaries and bibliographies, text publication series, online data bases, and document collections, etc. They will learn how to locate, handle, and navigate through all of these materials through weekly assignments.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Course Code: 
R579

Sino-Tibetan Relations

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
China
Tibet
Course Code: 
R572

Introduction to the History of Tibet

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

This course will survey Tibet's history from its earliest period up through the present day. Students will become acquainted with several facets of Tibet's history, including the Tibetan empire of the 7th-9th centuries, the impact of Buddhism on Tibetan political and social structures, aspects of Tibet's relations with neighboring peoples, the development of the Dalai Lama's government, and the current issue of Tibet. This course has been approved for credit as a culture option course.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Course Code: 
R570

Buddhist Lives: The Buddha, Milarepa, and the Dalai Lama

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia

What can we learn from the lives of Siddhartha Gautama, Jetsun Milarepa, and Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the Buddha, Milarepa and the 14th Dalai Lama, respectively? By examining their deeds and beliefs, as well as canonical and non-canonical texts, the meaning of the dharma and Buddhism in general will be explored. No knowledge of Pali or Tibetan is necessary, just an interest in the religion and region.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gedun-rabsal
Course Code: 
R199
When Taught: 
Fall 2012
Fall 2013

Frontier China: Migrants, Nomads, and Borderland Nobodies

Regions Covered: 
China
Mongolia
Tibet
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

There is a rich China, a beautiful China. And there is a China that is anything but: poor, marginal, and hardscrabble. In our minds, a Great Wall separates the two. High civilization, productivity, and the state lie on one side, crude lawlessness lies on the other. Yet, throughout Chinese history, ordinary people straddled the line between heartland and frontier: settlers, immigrants, merchants, missionaries, runaways, and nomads. What, then, did the Great Wall represent? What dynamics defined the historical relations between settled and mobile communities in China?

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/jonathan-schlesinger
Course Code: 
G200
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

The Civilization of Tibet

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia
Course Code: 
R270
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

The 20th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students' Conference Keynote Lecture: Tibet and Mongolia: The search for nationhood in the early 20th century

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Dr. Shakya is Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

His lecture was entited: Tibet and Mongolia: The search for nationhood in the early 20th century

 

 

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