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REL 135g RELIGIONS OF CHINA SYLLABUS SPRING 08

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REL 135g Religions of China s 2 In 700 A.D., China’s capital was the greatest, most international, and most heavily populated city in the world. For over two millennia, China has been an important civilization on the world stage. During your lifetime its importance will only grow, perhaps to the point at which its capital becomes once again the greatest, most cosmopolitan city in the world. What are the important religious and intellectual traditions that have shaped, and continue to shape, this great civilization? Every religion is a way of being human. What ways of being human have Chinese people created over the many centuries of their history? This course provides a historical and thematic survey of Chinese religious history from earliest times to the present. Religious aspects of the imperial system and the family, the early Confucian movement and its growth over time, the introduction and development of Buddhism, the origins of both philosophical and religious Daoism (also known as Taoism), other philosophical innovations, and popular religious beliefs and practices are covered, using translated Chinese texts, visual materials, and the most recent scholarship. Requirements include two midterms, a final exam, and five very short papers. Instructor Professor Robert Ford Campany Spring semester 2008 (class no. 60000) Class meetings: Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 – 10:50 in MHP 106 Instructor’s office: Ahmanson Center, tower B (west tower, map code ACB, looks like a very large cheese grater), room no. 130B Walk-in office hours: normally Thursdays 1:30-3:00. Other times by appointment. Office phone: 213.821.4365. Leave phone messages at the School of Religion office. E-mail ( best way to reach me ): [email protected] Teaching Assistants Jeff Pryor email: [email protected] Robert Shanklin email: [email protected] Information on TAs’ office locations and walk-in office hours will be announced and posted. Textbooks
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(Acronyms in boldface indicate the abbreviations by which these will be referred to in the syllabus below.) 1. Joseph A. Adler, Chinese Religious Traditions (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002) ISBN 0-13-091163-1 CRT 2. William Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom, eds., Sources of Chinese Tradition , volume 1, From Earliest Times to 1600 , 2 nd ed . (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999 ) ISBN 0-231-10939-3 SCT [ NOTE : the 1 st edition , published decades ago, will not work as a substitute.] 3. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., ed., Religions of China in Practice (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996) ISBN 0-691-02143-0 RCP Requirements Two midterm exams (each worth 20% of final grade, total 40%) Final exam (20%) Microthemes (each worth 3% of final grade, total 15%) Paper (15%) Participation in section discussions (10%) Comments: 1. Attendance Careful attention to lectures and discussions, including note-taking and later
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