Module Details

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Title THEMES IN CHINESE HISTORY
Code HIST275
Coordinator Dr J Wu
History
Junqing.Wu@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To break the categories of “institutional religions”;

To understand that Chinese religion is ritualistic;

To understand Chinese religious life in its own term rather than from a Euro-Christian perspective;

To understand the difference between perception of religion and religion.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A basic knowledge of Chinese religious (scriptural) traditions, namely Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

(LO2) A basic knowledge of Chinese belief system, which predates the introduction of any religious tradition.

(LO3) A general appreciation of the relationship between the state and religious institute in pre-modern China.

(LO4) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO5) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression.


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Introduction of the course;

A pre-history: Chinese belief system (Ying-yang; five elements; view on life; demonology; disease);

Seminar: Institutional religion I: Buddhism;

Seminar: Institutional religion II: Taoism;

Institutional religion III: Confucianism, religion or not?

Seminar: Local cults and their relation to institutional religion;

Ancestor worship and morning rituals;

Chinese Medicine and healing;

Black magic and scapegoating in China;

Seminar: Religious persecutions: Heresy in the Chinese context;

Seminar: Moving towards the Modern Era: Transformation and transmission.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught through 11 lectures, 5 seminars (one hour) and 5 student conferences (one hour);

Lectures are all asynchronous and will be released on Canvas by 9am on Monday.

Seminar weeks are week 3, 4, 6, 10, 11. Students are expected to read the allocated materials and participate in the discussion. Conferences are arranged in week 2, 5, 7, 8, 9. In the conference, students are to raise questions they have encountered to the lecturer and participate in the discussion. Before each conference, students are expected to post their questions in the discussion broad on Canvas.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Presentation. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment.  5 minutes    15       
Essay. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a reassessment opportunity. This will be anonymously marked.  -2500 words    85       

Recommended Texts

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