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CFA 3710 : Ladakh: Ancient Culture in Modern Times
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:46:58 GMT
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Corcoran Fine Art (CFA)
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
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Ladakh: Ancient Culture in Modern Times
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Ladakh: Ancient Culture in Mod
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Ladakh, a high-altitude desert beyond the peaks of the Himalaya, offers few resources in an extreme climate. Yet, it has been the home of a thriving agricultural society for more than a thousand years. In this course, you will explore the coping skills and attitudes that allow the people of Ladakh to survive and prosper in peace and harmony under the harshest of circumstances. We will examine community and family structures and the role of ancient localized knowledge, as well as Buddhist traditions to learn whether Ladakh is prepared to meet the challenges of increasing westernization without losing its ecological balance and social harmony. We will read and discuss a text on Ladakhi culture and development issues, watch and discuss videos and a movie, and get a primer on Buddhist philosophy.All students are required to write a report about the experience, contribute writing and artwork for a book, and participate in a White Halls show in the Fall semester.After registration, students will be required to arrange and pay for a current passport, Indian tourist visa, and travel health insurance.
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