Postgraduate Course: Chinese Religions: Confucianism, Daoism and 'Popular Religion' (ASST11076)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The aim of this course is twofold. On the one hand it aims at introducing students into the basic historical facts, philosophical and religious presuppositions, linguistic structure, terminological concepts and the political, economical and cultural context of traditional Chinese Religions.
On the other hand the course will use the Chinese case to also critically reflect on the application of Western Religious Studies analytical terms and concepts such as syncretism, secularism, person, biography, body, ritual, text, god, religion etc. to the realm of Chinese religions. It will therefore also be a critical introduction into or re-examination of Western Religious Study theory.
The course will consist of eleven sessions:
1) Introduction and Overview;
2) Chinese Religions in Western perceptions;
3) Chinese Ancient Religion;
6) Chinese Gods;
7) Chinese Buddhism;
8) Chinese 'Popular Religion';
9) Chinese religions and the State;
10) Chinese religions in the 20th century;
11) Revision: unity and diversity in Chinese religions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Student Presentation and Seminar Participation (10%)
Essay of 4000 Words (90%)
||Students will have the opportunity to comment on the teaching and content of the course by means of the questionnaire issued towards the end of the course. During the course, formal feedback on the presentation will be provided by the teacher and informal feedback through seminars and during the lecturer┐s regular office hours.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- display a basic knowledge of the cultural horizon and historical development as well as the main contents and practices of Chinese religious traditions;
- display the ability to critically examine basic assumptions of Western Religious Studies;
- show an awareness of European historical perception and transformation of Chinese Religions and the capacity to critically review Western prejudices, stereotypes and presumptions regarding Chinese (and other) Religions;
- display skills in integrating approaches to the study of other religious traditions comprising their degree programme;
- show the ability to apply and test theories in specific case studies.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Joachim Gentz
Tel: 0131 6503681
|Course secretary||Miss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114