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010058 VU Introducing East Asian New Religious Movements (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work



Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Field trip: 14.10.2019 18:00 - 20:00

Monday 07.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 14.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 21.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 28.10. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 04.11. 08:00 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 11.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

East Asia (China/Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam) is a vibrant cauldron of new religious developments. This course employs a Religious Studies perspective, introducing key actors of the East Asian new religious panorama. The selected new religious movements (NRMs) will be explored in their historical, doctrinal, and ritual dimension with a particular focus on the millenarian underpinnings, drawing richly on textual and video sources. Theoretical aspects as well as periodisation and classification schemes of East Asian NRMs will be discussed. Students will be familiarised with crucial issues in the study of East Asian NRMs.

Assessment and permitted materials

The mode of assessment is listed in the section below. The language of instruction is English. Proficiency in any East Asian language is not required. Students are expected to engage in class discussion.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course assessment comprises of a written exam (50%); an oral presentation (20%); participation and class interaction (30%).

Examination topics

Lecture contents

Reading list

Pokorny, Lukas and Franz Winter. ed. 2018. Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Additional readings are provided ad personam.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M2; M15; A 033 195 (BRP 09rwb); A 033 195 (BRP 17rwb), A033 195 (BRP 14rwb (b)

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