Introduction to Japanese Culture University of Tsukuba
This class is to provide students with basic ideas and knowledge to understand the historical development of Japanese culture. It will particularly examine how Japan has created its unique religious tradition and practice through accepting Chinese influences.
After attending this course, students will be able to obtain sufficient knowledge to describe/explain the history of Japanese religion, and to recognize the important roles of a variety of formal religious organizations and informal religious practices in Japan.
This course intends to provide basic skills and knowledge in understanding cultural dynamics in a globalized world.
Grades will be assigned based on quiz (60%), short essay writing（20%）and final paper (20%). Students are expected to be punctual and regular in class attendance.
This class will meet once a week at 6th period of Tuesday. Prior to the beginning of the class, please be sure to read thoroughly and completely the instruction in manaba. Interested students must have a certain level of English proficiency for listening and speaking.Basic Features of Japanese Religion in Comparative Perspective and the Prehistoric HeritageEarly Shinto in the Ancient JapanThe Early Japanese BuddhismConfucianism as Chinese ImportFolk Religion outside Organized and Formal ReligionThe Development of Japanese Buddhism #1The Development of Japanese Buddhism #2The Development of Japanese Buddhism #3: Video-ViewingElaboration within Japanese Religion #1: Honen and ShinranElaboration within Japanese Religion #2: Zen Buddhism and Video-Viewing
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