Chinese Philosophy and Religions
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Hiina filosoofia ja religioonid
Course title in English
Chinese Philosophy and Religions
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Margus Ott (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To create opportunities for acquiring theoretical and factual knowledge about Chinese philosophical and religious systems. To give the students overview of the wide range of topics and teach them how to work with the sources, independently review learned material, establish connections and make statements about Chinese traditional schools of thought, basic concepts and terms as well as religious practices. The course gives basic knowledge and skills needed for partitipation in special courses and seminars on China.
Brief description of the course
The course gives a sufficient overview of Chinese traditional schools of thought nad development of the most important religious systems and practices. The subjects discussed in class include Chinese philosophies, most prominent thinkers, religious teachings and practices. The students learn how to make difference between various schools and forms, use basic concepts and terminology and compare Chinese religious practices with similar phenomena present in other cultural traditions. Alongside with the aforementioned the course focuses on specific Chinese syncretic worldview known as san jiao or “three teachings”. The role of Chinese philosophy and religion as a significant part of larger East-Asia or world context will also be discussed.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge of formation and evolution of Chinese philosophical ideas, religious beliefs and practices;
- is able to discuss topics learned in class and have an overview of the major schools of thought and thinkers;
- is able to analyse Chinese philosophical texts;
- is able to use professional vocabulary and create connections between topics discussed in class;
- has the ability to compare major Chinese philosophies and religions and highlight features similar to European philosophical tradition.
Margus Ott