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Unit information: 3000 Years of Chinese Religions in 2013/14

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Unit name 3000 Years of Chinese Religions
Unit code THRS10036
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Greene
Open unit status Open




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


This unit surveys the religious traditions of China from sacrifice and ancestor worship as revealed in the oracle bones of ancient China, to Falungong and other developments in contemporary Chinese religion.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have: (1) developed a basic understanding of key terms of art in Chinese religion—frequently employed and frequently misunderstood—such as “Daoism,” “Zen,” “fengshui,” and “qigong”; (2) acquired sufficient knowledge to be able to pursue further study of Chinese religion; (3) acquired basic skills in reading and assessing primary sources (in translation) and in analyzing these sources in both written and oral form; (4) demonstrated the ability to identify and evaluate pertinent evidence/data in order to illustrate/demonstrate a cogent argument.

Teaching details

1 lecture + 1 seminar per week

Assessment Details

One summative coursework essay of 1500 words and one unseen examination of two hours (50%).

Reading and References

• J.A. Adler, Chinese Religions (Routledge, 2002); • D Lopez, Religions of China in Practice (Princeton UP, 1996); • Mu-chou Poo, In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion (SUNY, 1998).