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Year 2019  School School of International Liberal Studies
Course Title
First Year Seminar B 31

Instructor TRENSON, Steven
Term/Day/Period spring semester  Thur.2
Category First Year Seminar B Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 11-813 Campus waseda
Course Key 210GEB1000 Course Class Code 31
Main Language English
  Course Code BSPX102S
First Academic disciplines Basic Study Practice
Second Academic disciplines Basic Study Practice
Third Academic disciplines Basic Study Practice
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Seminar

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/03/04 13:08:53

Subtitle Seminar on the Cultural History of Buddhism in Japan
Course Outline The development of Japanese culture has been influenced by numerous elements and factors but one important element is Buddhism. Buddhism was established in India in the fifth century BCE and after many centuries of development and change entered Japan via China and Korea in the sixth century CE. Since then, Buddhism has not ceased having a great influence on the way of thinking of the Japanese people and has been instrumental in the formation of Japanese culture and cultural identity. In this course we will trace the fundamental phases of Buddhist development in Japan from the past until the present, with a focus on the question of how Buddhism impacted on Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Objectives Students taking this seminar will learn several aspects of the cultural history of Buddhism in Japan. Through reading, presenting, and discussing selected materials, they will acquire a thorough grasp of how Buddhism had influenced Japanese culture. At the end of the seminar, students will have a sound and critical understanding of this topic and possess the skills to discuss it effectively in a globalizing society.
Course Schedule Sessions 1-2: Introduction and distribution of the reading materials
Sessions 3-14: Reading, presentation, and discussion of the materials.
Session 15: Conclusion
Textbooks Copies of the reading materials will be provided in class.
Reference References will be announced in class.
Evaluation One end-term paper (40%)
Presentations and participation in discussions (40%)
Evaluation of reading comprehension through short quizzes (20%)
Details of the evaluation criteria will be provided in class. Please note that the criteria are subject to change.

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