Folklore | East Asian Popular Religion
F305 | 5468 | 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, Japanese Shinto, and contemporary practices related to
filial piety throughout East Asia. 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 23% of the grade for the
(b) Students are asked to prepare for eight classes a one-page,
double-spaced (i.e., about 250-300 words) synopsis of the reading
assignments for the day the synopsis is due and the previous two
classes.   One question suitable for class discussion should be added
to the synopsis. These eight synopses and questions are to be typed
or computer-printed and submitted at the beginning of class.  They
will be graded and will contribute 23% of the semester's grade.
(c) The remaining 8% of each person's grade is determined by
attendance and contributions to class discussions.