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010122 VU Religion in China (2021S)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English



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Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will provide students with an overview of contemporary Chinese religion. Although some historic background will be provided, the main focus will be on present day religious practices and doctrines. We will begin by examining the impact of the Cultural Revolution on religious activity and exploring how the way in which we often study religion is problematic when applied to a Chinese context. We will then investigate contemporary Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam, and a range of popular local beliefs.

Assessment and permitted materials

Class participation (20%) + essay 50% (2500 words) + 15 minute presentation (30%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The language of instruction as well as class discussions will be in English. No prior knowledge of Mandarin or Chinese religions is required. Students cannot miss more than a maximum of two meetings. The course will be examined as follows: class participation (20%) + essay 50% (2500 words) + 15 minute presentation (30%).

Examination topics

Course content.

Reading list

Reading list (core readings will be provided)
• Arthur, Shawn. 2019. Contemporary Religions in China. Abingdon: Routledge.
• Religion in China: Major Concepts and Minority Positions. 2015. Edited by Max Deeg and Bernhard Scheid. Vienna: OAW.
• Yang, Fenggang with assistance from J. E. E. Pettit. 2018. Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts. Leiden: Brill.

Association in the course directory

066 800 M 2.5, M15, BRP 17rwb, BRP 10rwb

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