Folklore | East Asian Popular Religion
F305 | 2416 | Janelli
Description and Objectives. This course has two objectives. The
first is to explore the range of popular religions that can be found
in contemporary China, Japan, and Korea. Topics include: shamanism
in Korea, funerals in Japan, and images of supernatural beings in
China. As part of the cultural studies curriculum, the course has a
second objective of helping students to enhance their skills in
interpreting cultures and thereby develop more informed
understandings of the various ways of life found throughout the
world. The two objectives are pursued through assigned readings,
lectures, videos, slides, class discussions, and individual
reflection. The topics of the readings and audiovisual material are
varied and deal with diverse topics, but all are devoted to viewing
popular religion in relation to local culture and society.
Prerequisites. The course is available for undergraduate credit
only. Since it is a 300-level course, students are expected to have
completed their second year of coursework.
Grading Policies. Grades are determined as follows:
(a) Three examinations each contribute 25% of the grade for the
(b) Students are asked to prepare 10 one-page, double-spaced (i.e.,
about 250-300 word) synopses of reading assignments, including the
reading assigned for the day the synopsis is due, and one question
for class discussion. The question should be suitable for class
discussion and based on the readings. These synopses are to be typed
or computer-printed and submitted at the beginning of class. They
will be graded and will contribute 20% of the semester's grade.
(c) The remaining 5% of each person's grade is determined by her or
his contributions to class discussions.
(d) Points may be added to the semester's average for optional book