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EAS/RELI 130 Asian Religions 7W2 Online Course Fall 2019

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Course description: This course, Asian Religions, examines five religious traditions founded and developed in Asia; Indian Hinduism and Buddhism, Chinese Confucianism and Taoism, and Japanese Shinto... . Through the study of Asian Religions, we can understand how cultural and social history has been shaped by the impact of religious practices and concepts and vice versa. Through the investigation of Asian Religions, we can realize the profound religious influences on the daily lives of the Asian people. Religion, culture, and language are all intertwined with each other, mutually creating unique Asian beliefs and concepts. Course Objectives: The goal of this course is to assist students in advancing or developing their knowledge regarding Asian religions and to understand the influence they play in modern Asian cultures and societies. In other words, the student will be able to understand Asia’s most central and significant religious texts, Asia’s current religious characteristics, and religion's influence on Asian societies and culture. Students will be able to gain the ability to analyze different theories and arguments as well as to effectively communicate about Asian religions. Methodology: This course attempts to motivate students to critically engage each reading and video and to evaluate their knowledge through quizzes, discussions, reflection papers, and exams to achieve an insightful comprehension about Asian religions. Nadeau, Randall L. Asian Religions: A Cultural Perspective (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). ISBN: 9781118471968. Recommended Texts: Poceski, Mario. Introducing Chinese Religions. London and New York: Routledge, 2009. Bruun, Ole, and Stephan Feuchtwang. Fengshui in China : Geomantic Divination Between State Orthodoxy and Popular Religion. NIAS Press, 2003. Too, Lillian. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Feng Shui: The Complete Guide to the Art and Practice of Feng Shui. New York: Barnes & Noble Books,1999. Sadler, A. L. Cha-No-Yu: The Japanese Tea Ceremony. Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1989. Young, Andi. The Sacred Art of Bowing: Preparing to Practice. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2003. King, Winston L. Zen and the Way of the Sword: Arming the Samurai Psyche. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. [Show More]

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