Religions of East and Central Asia
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- Year 1
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- Term 2
Key issues raised in the study of the religions of this region will be discussed, as well as a review of their current situation and future prospects.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On successful completion of the course, students will have acquired:
- a foundation-level knowledge and understanding of the distinctive and common features, past and present, of the religious traditions of East and Central Asia and of the connections and relationships between the prevailing religious traditions.
- They will be aware of some of the important issues and debates arising from the study of the religions of East and Central Asia and be able to find and use books, journals and other sources of information relevant to topics studied on the course.
Method of assessment1 essay (3,000 words) (50%) and 2 - hour examination (50%).
- Foltz, R. (1999), Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century, New York: St Martins Press.
- Lopez, Donald (1997), Religions of Tibet in Practice, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Lopez, Donald (1996), Religions of China in Practice, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Reader, I. (1991) Religion in Contemporary Japan, London: Macmillan Press.