KSCB003 Religions in China

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Bc. Magdaléna Rychetská, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D.
Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Bc. Magdaléna Rychetská, M.A., Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Wed 14:00–15:40 B2.43
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course presents an overview of the religious traditions of China from the ancient times to the present. Stress is laid on the relationship between state cults, other organized religious movements (buddhism, taoist cults), the literati (Confucian) tradition, and "popular" religiosity, as well as on the political, social, and economic context of religion in Chinese culture.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, the students should be able to:
- be familiar with the basic factual knowledge of the religion in the history of Chinese culture;
- understand, explain, and apply the basic terminology used in the study of the religion in the history Chinese culture;
- understand and explain the social, political, and economic context of religion in Chinese culture;
- make oral and written presentations on a selected topic from the history of religion in China;
- interpret basic passages of relevant Chinese texts in translation
  • (0) Introduction; theoretical and methodological isssues
  • (1) Shang and Zhou dynasties
  • (2) The so called "philosophical schools"; their relation to the religious cults; Confucianism
  • (3) Taoism
  • (4) Chinese buddhism
  • (5) Christianity in China
  • (6) Religion in modern China
  • (7) Religion in the Peoples Republic of China
  • (8) New religous movements
  • (9) Folk religion in Taiwan
  • (10)
  • (11) Christianity in Taiwan
  • (12) Buddhism in Taiwan
    required literature
  • VÁVRA, Dušan. Antologie textů k náboženství Číny (Chinese religions - anthology). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 299 pp. info
  • VÁVRA, Dušan and Pavel ŠINDELÁŘ. Náboženství Číny a Japonska : sborník statí (Chinese and Japanese religions : collection of essays). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 332 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-5456-1. URL info
    not specified
  • CHENG, Anne. Dějiny čínského myšlení. Translated by Helena Beguivinová - Olga Lomová - David Sehnal - Dušan Vávra. 1. vyd. Praha: DrahmaGaia, 2006. xv, 688. ISBN 8086685527. info
  • Chinese religions in contemporary societies. Edited by James Miller. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2006. xvii, 317. ISBN 1851096264. info
  • KRÁL, Oldřich. Čínská filosofie : pohled z dějin. Vyd. 1. Lásenice: Maxima, 2005. 373 s. ISBN 809013338X. info
  • ADLER, Joseph A. Chinese religions. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2002. 144 s. ISBN 0415262836. info
  • OVERMYER, Daniel L. Náboženství Číny :svět jako živý organismus. V českém jazyce vyd. 2. Praha: Prostor, 1999. 178 s. ISBN 80-85190-98-2. info
  • Religions of China in practice. Edited by Donald S. Lopez. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. xvi, 499 s. ISBN 0-691-02143-0. info
  • CHING, Julia. Chinese religions. 1st pub. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1993. xv, 275. ISBN 0333531744. info
  • JOCHIM, Christian. Chinese religions : a cultural perspective. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1986. xiv, 202. ISBN 0131329944. info
Teaching methods
Contents of the semester:
Lectures, class discussions.
Assessment methods
Requirements for the colloquium:
(a) active participation in class discussions;
(b) written test (max. 100 p./min. 70 p.); content: testing of factual knowledge, abilities to identify and interpret a simple text, familiarity with relevant terminology
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2018, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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