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"Explaining"Japanese Religion: A Critical Approach

"Explaining" Japanese Religion: A Critical Approach
This course explores ways to explain Japanese religions in English without resorting to stereotypes. At the same time, it is an introduction to the academic study of religion, which questions what we take for granted about religion, spirituality, and secularity.

On successful completion of the course the student will have:
--achieved a basic knowledge about historical and contemporary Japanese religions, being critical of stereotypical discourses on Japanese people and culture.
--acquired a skill to explain Japanese religions to international neighbors in a well-informed as well as original way.
--found it both fun and important to consider matters on religion academically and critically (which is different from attacking or disdaining)

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時間割/共通科目コード
コース名
教員
学期
時限
21190755
GHS-GC6F02S3
"Explaining"Japanese Religion: A Critical Approach
藤原 聖子
S1 S2
金曜5限
マイリストに追加
マイリストから削除
教室
法文1号館 219教室
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
実務経験のある教員による授業科目
NO
他学部履修
開講所属
人文社会系研究科
授業計画
1. Introduction 2. “Is it true that most Japanese people have no religion?”—Problems of the concept of “religion” 3. “Japanese religion is a syncretism of Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism?” —Problems of the “World Religions” approach 4. “Why are Japanese Buddhist monks married?”—Problems of the “original/deviant” religion approach 5. “Nature-loving animism and peace-loving polytheism?” —Problems of the “nihon-jin-ron” approach 6. “Japanese Buddhism=Zen?”—Problems of “cool” Orientalism 7. “Kamikaze attack: Do they over-demonize pre-war Japanese people?”—Problems of the “subaltern” approach 8. “Publicly-serving religion: Whose service? Which public?”—Problems of the “pure/applied science” dichotomy 9. Students’ presentation 10. Students’ presentation 11. Final lecture and discussion
授業の方法
Lectures, discussions and presentations Students will have small reading assignments for each class. 日本人学生の希望者には、毎回のリーディングの内容を理解し、基礎単語を仕入れてから授業に臨めるよう、オンライン予習ゼミがあります。
成績評価方法
Class attendance One class presentation, later developed into a short paper
教科書
Handouts will be distributed in class. Reading assignments will be available in advance.
参考書
Byron Earhart, Religion in Japan: Unity and Diversity, 5th Edition, 2013. Paul L. Swanson and Clark Chilson (eds), Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions, 2005. Mark R. Mullins, Susumu Shimazono and Paul L. Swanson eds., Religion and Society in Modern Japan: Selected Readings, 1993. Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2017.
履修上の注意
Students with any religious/non-religious backgrounds are welcome.