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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2008

ANS 372 • Japanese Religion and Society - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31340 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 436A

Course Description

This course examines religious concepts and practices in wider contexts of modern Japanese culture and society. Discussions will focus on the critical understanding of the individual and collective aspects of Japanese spiritual life. Research issues include religious uniformity and diversity, continuity and change, the ideological use of religion, as well as problems such as how spirituality is expressed through rituals, arts and performances, or manifested in interpersonal relationships and the consumer market. Students will also be acquainted with theoretical, sociohistorical and ethnographic approaches to Japanese religion and society through case studies.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 10% Take home mid-term: 20% Reaction papers: 40% Take home final exam: 30%


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