SOWK 232 Tibet: Social Welfare, Social Movement and Social Change

This course examines the Tibetan refugee life and the struggle to preserve their culture and way of life. We will also analyze the transformation of Tibet in the Western imagination and appropriation of Tibetan culture and their consequences for Tibetan people. How does the Tibetan refugee life affect the democratization of Tibetan society and internationalization of Tibetan issue? In order to answer these questions, we will explore a history of social movements taking place in Tibetan communities and on international platforms. Our study will be rooted in a broad variety of literary genres including historical accounts, autobiographies, and documentary films.