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Unit information: Topics in Chinese Buddhism in 2016/17

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Unit name Topics in Chinese Buddhism
Unit code THRS30087
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. D'Costa
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit examines themes in the history of the encounter between Buddhism and Chinese culture, including the history of Buddhist art, thought, monasticism, and ritual, as well as state support and persecution of Buddhism in China.

Intended learning outcomes

This unit examines themes in the history of the encounter between Buddhism and Chinese culture, including the history of Buddhist art, thought, monasticism, and ritual, as well as state support and persecution of Buddhism in China.

Teaching details

Seminars - 3 hours per week

Assessment Details

One summative coursework essay of 3000 words (50%) and one unseen examination of two hours (50%).

Reading and References

Kenneth Ch’en, Buddhism in China (Princeton U.P., 1964)
Jacques Gernet, Buddhism in Chinese Society (Columbia U.P., 1995)
John Kieschnick, The Eminent Monk. Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography (U. of Hawaii P., 1997)
Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Buddhism in Practice (Princeton U.P., 1995)
Holmes Welch, The Practice of Chinese Buddhism 1900-1950 (Harvard U.P., 1967)

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