The Religions of ChinaThis course will examine the history, theory, and practice of the major religious traditions of China (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism) as well as the folk traditions that blend all three. In particular, we will focus on the evolution of Chinese religion through a process of mutual influence within a general atmosphere of religious tolerance for sectarian differences.
The distribution of grades for the course is as follows:
You final grade will ultimately depend on my assessment of
in each of the above areas, though the following descriptions should
you with a rough idea of the defining characteristics of students
particular grade ranges:
A-/A Possesses a deep understanding of the major concepts and themes of the course. The “A” student is able to consistently identify and explain key ideas in the readings, develop genuine insights into the broader significance of these concepts, and demonstrate a high level of intellectual engagement in class discussions.
B-/B/B+ Demonstrates a serious commitment to the course (i.e. attendance and participation) and a strong grasp of the major concepts and themes but with less depth and/or consistency than the “A” student.
C-/C/C+ Demonstrates a reasonable effort to attend class and participate in discussions as well as a basic grasp of the course material.
D Demonstrates a minimal commitment to the course and a weak grasp of basic concepts and themes.
F Fails to demonstrate an acceptable
in the course through low attendance, inability to discuss basic
and themes, missed assignments and/or plagiarized work.
Class/BodhiBlog ParticipationYour participation mark will be based on attendance as well as your participation in both class and “BodhiBlog” discussions. To participate in the BodhiBlog discussion, log in to Blackboard with your NCC username and password, select “REL 260 Religions of China” and then click the “BodhiBlog” link; from here you can either reflect on an issue from the readings, expand on a theme that was discussed in class, or respond to someone else’s BodhiBlog entry. Although your mark will ultimately depend on my subjective evaluation of the quantity and quality of your comments, you may reasonably expect to receive at least a “B” if you attend class regularly and participate in both class and BodhiBlog discussions on a weekly basis; superior performance in both areas will result in an “A”, whereas inferior performance will result in a “C” or less.
There will be a 5-page (1500 word minimum) essay for each of the three main traditions covered in the course: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. All papers should be submitted online @ Blackboard/Assignments; due dates are listed on the syllabus and your grade will go down one degree (e.g. from B+ to B) for each day that the essay is late. Please note that you must provide appropriate citations for both direct and indirect quotations using either Chicago Style footnotes and MLA brackets and bibliography. If you have any doubts regarding what does or does not constitute plagiarism, please refer to the college’s plagiarism policy in the Student Handbook. Essays that contain significant instances of plagiarism will receive a 0 and be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Midterm and Final ExamsThe Midterm and Final Exams will cover basic terms and essential concepts form the first and second halves of the course. A more detailed overview of each exam will be given in the class prior to the exam in question.
Office Hours, Etc.
225 North Loomis Road, Room 23
Tuesday: 3-5 ● Thursday: 2-5 (Tea @ 4)
Home Page: http://bhoffert.faculty.noctrl.edu
1 Mario Poceski, Introducing Chinese Religions (London: Routledge, 2009), 35-6.