Folklore | East Asian Popular Religion
F305 | 16343 | 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, Chinese popular beliefs, 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.

Grading Policies. Grades are determined as follows:
(a) Three examinations each contribute 22% of the grade for the
course.
(b) Students are asked to prepare for most weeks 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 class.
One question suitable for class discussion should be added
to the synopsis. These synopses and questions are to be typed
or computer-printed and submitted at the beginning of class.  They
will be graded and will contribute 22% of the semester's grade.
(c) The remaining 12% of each person's grade is determined by
attendance and contributions to class discussions.