Religions of China: The Ways and Their Power|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
In this course, we examine the religious worlds of China from antiquity to the present. Not only will we read key works of Chinese philosophy from the Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist traditions, we will also investigate how these traditions find expression in art and architecture, poetry and prose, and in the lived realities of Chinese history.
In this exploration of Chinese religions, we will pay special attention to the question of what "counts" as religion, to the role of the state in defining and establishing Chinese religions, and to the power of new religious movements to intervene dramatically (and sometimes violently) in Chinese history.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CIR)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Mario Poceski, INTRODUCING CHINESE RELIGIONS
Donald S. Lopez, RELIGIONS OF CHINA IN PRACTICE
Wm. Theodore de Bary et al., SOURCES OF CHINESE TRADITION: FROM EARLIEST TIMES TO 1600
Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer, THE RELIGIOUS QUESTION IN MODERN CHINA
|Examination and Assignments: |
5 short (2-3 page) critical reflection papers
1 longer (10-15 page) final paper, written in stages (proposal + bibliography, rough draft, final draft)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfied the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion major.