Critical Response paper:
The students are required to write 700-1000 word critical summaries of course readings or a film review of a documentary film shown in the class. The response paper must demonstrate understanding of the readings, key terms and issues discussed in the lectures and course readings. The paper will be marked on content, style of writing, analysis and critical understanding and appreciation of class content.
(BASED ON Learning objective 1, 2 & 3)
1) To produce students who have good understanding and appreciation of different cultural formation and values
2) Be able to discuss the value of open, free inquiry and ethnic and cultural diversity.
3) Able to show knowledge of the religious, political, moral, and cultural contexts in which different tradition.
Himalayas mountainous region, stretching from Northern Pakistan to Myanmar and China in the East, with Tibetan Plateau occupying central position, the region has long occupied a significant global imagination. The region has become sight of mass tourism and attraction international moisteners. The region is subject of academic studies, from anthropology and religious studies to development environmentalism, and tourism. The course introduces the Himalayan region to students through interdisciplinary approaches in social sciences and humanities, that will deal issues of language, ethnicity, nation building and This course will explore the history, cultural formation, religious traditions and the popular representations of the Himalaya in the west; in films and literature. This course will examine the origins of the Trekking, mountaineering and its local impact; Religion and the Himalaya; Mountain development and conserving diversity.
This course will provide students with critical thinking and tools drawn from liberal arts learning to provide a path towards inter-cultural understanding and it aim to produce of cross disciplinary and cross cultural dialogue.
READING SOURCES: (CHOOSE ONE OF THE READING TO WRITE THE PAPER)
George van Driem, “Language Policy in Bhutan”, Bhutan: Aspects of Culture and Development, Edited Aris, Michael & Michael Hutt, Kiscadel Asia Research Series No 5, 1994, pp;87-106
Week 6: Religion and Scared Space: Buddhism
Samuel, Geoffery 1993. Civilised Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan Societies. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute Press.
Week 7: Language, Ethnicity and Nation
Burghart, R 1984. The Formation of the concept of the Nation-State in Nepal. The Journal of Asian Studies 4, 101-25.
Samuel, Geoffery, 1982. Tibet as a Stateless Society and Some Islamic Parallels, The Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 41, No. 2 (Feb., 1982), pp. 215-229
Phuntsho, Karma, 2014, “The Unification of Dragon Kingdom”, The History of Bhutan, Haus Publication, pp:
Eric Valli’s Himalaya, nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category in 2000. The students are expected to write 1000 word review of the film focusing on the discussion on the question of authenticity and representation.
Week 9: Scard Sites and Pilgrimage:
Buffetrille, K. 2013 “Reflections on Pilgrimages to Sacred Mountains, Lakes and Caves”, Alex McKay, Pilgrimage in Tibet. Routledge, 2013. Chapter 2, pp: 18-34.
Bharati, Agehananda, 1978 “Actual and Ideal Himalayas: Hindu View of the Mountains”, James F. Fisherm (Ed), Himalayan Anthropology: The Indo-Tibetan Interface, The Hague, Mouton Publishers, pp: 77-83
Week9 Romance of Himalayas and Allure of the Everest:
Adams, V 1997. “Dreams of a Final Sherpa”. American Anthropologist 9(1) 85 -98.
Nyaupane, Gyan P, 2015. “Mountaineering on Mt Everest: evolution, economy, ecology and ethics”, Eds, Ghazali Musa, James Higham, Anna Thompson- Carr, Mountaineering Tourism, London, Routledge, pp: 266-271
Mazzolini, Elizabeth, 2012. “The Garbage Question on the Top of the World”, in Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice, Edited Stephanie Foote, Elizabeth Mazzolini, Cambridge, The MIT Press, pp: 147-171
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