TR 10:30-11:45 pm
Cross-listed with THEO 363X.
Fulfills upper level theology or cultural diversity requirement.
This survey course aims to introduce characteristic forms and key concepts of religions of China and Japan through lecture and discussion. It seeks to engage students in a critical understanding of the history, philosophy, and practices of the different traditions including Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Shinto, and Japanese Buddhism. In particular, students in this course will engage in a close reading of some basic texts in these traditions and trace both conceptual and historical continuities and examine the development of the various religious traditions exploring issues of divinity, ritual practices, festivals, and concepts of salvation through different time periods.