Themes - Eastern Religion/Phil
Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Farhaan Wali
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the complex and fascinating world of Eastern philosophy and religion through a historical overview of their origins, doctrines and traditions. The module will begin by studying Hinduism, the major religious and philosophical tradition of South Asia. It will trace the development of Hindu philosophy and religious tradition from the ancient fire rituals, through the epic stories of the Mahabharata and Ramayana, to issues effecting Hinduism in the modern world. Then the module will turn its attention to Buddhism, exploring the main doctrines and philosophies, ethics, practices and rites, the spread of Buddhism and persecution. The cursory study of Sikhism and Islam will cover the respective narratives of each religious and philosophical tradition in the area, focusing on cardinal religious beliefs and practices, while giving particular emphasis to the social and cultural history of the subcontinent in order to achieve understanding of philosophical influences on belief, practice and identity. The module will end by exploring the religious and philosophical traditions of the Far East, focusing on the religious ideas and philosophical development of Confucianism, while providing prominence to the areas of philosophy and rituals. In sum, the module seeks to trace the unique histories of diverse religious traditions and offers in-depth insight into their core beliefs and practices
This module offers an introduction to the philosophical and religious development of key eastern religious traditions - Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto – and provides a detailed overview of their origins, histories, doctrines and scriptures. In order to explore a wide spectrum of religious and philosophical beliefs, the following will be considered teaching priorities: (1) Survey of the beliefs and practices of six Eastern religions and philosophies; (2) understand the multifaceted religious heritage of the six Eastern religions – from the pre-modern era to contemporary religious practice; (3) Examination of the mutual influences and intersections of the Eastern religions and philosophies and how they interact with other elements of Eastern culture and society; (4) Deconstruct the East and West meeting points, focusing on the spread and influence of Eastern religion and philosophy in the West.
Shows some knowledge of key areas of the module with acceptable presentation of arguments.
Shows detailed knowledge of key areas covered in the module with the arguments presented in a logical and coherent way.
Shows comprehensive and very detailed understanding of the material covered in the module, based on extensive background reading.
To locate the origins of Eastern religious and philosophical traditions in their unique religious contexts
To demonstrate knowledge of the historical, philosophical and religious nature of each eastern tradition
To show understanding of key fundamental beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Confucianism
To show awareness of, and the ability to discuss, different principles underlying the ethics and philosophies of the selected eastern religions
To be able to distinguish among the major religious traditions of the East, and be able to describe the main religious and philosophical schools of thought of the Eastern world
To identify and focus on key issues and select and arrange material from a variety of primary and secondary religious and philosophical sources
To identify and be able to write essays assessing key aspects of Eastern religions, as well as explore their relationship with each other
To construct a sustained argument and develop intellectual flexibility in assessing concrete situations and issues, demonstrating a variety of study skills (e.g. discussion in seminars and systematic argument construction in essays.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Articulacy in identifying underlying issues in a wide variety of debates.
- Sensitivity in interpretation of religious and philosophical texts drawn from a variety of ages and/or traditions.
- Clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in such texts.
- The ability to use and criticise specialised religious and philosophical terminology.
- The ability to abstract and analyse arguments, and to identify flaws in them, such as false premises and invalid reasoning.
- The ability to construct rationally persuasive arguments for or against specific religious and philosophical claims.
- The ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, inventing or discovering examples to support or challenge a position, and distinguishing relevant and irrelevant considerations.
- The ability to consider unfamiliar ideas and ways of thinking, and to examine critically presuppositions and methods within the disciplines of philosophy and religion.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
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- V10F: BA History [with Foundation Year] year 1 (BA/HF)
- 8B03: BA History (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/HIE)
- V140: BA Modern & Contemporary History year 1 (BA/MCH)
- V130: BA Mediaeval and Early Modern His year 1 (BA/MEMH)
- VV56: BA Philosophy and Religion year 1 (BA/PHRE)
- 3VQV: BA Philosophy and Religion and English Literature year 1 (BA/PREN)
- VVR1: BA Philosophy and Religion and French year 1 (BA/PRF)
- VVR2: BA Philosophy and Religion and German year 1 (BA/PRG)
- VVV1: BA Philosophy and Religion and History year 1 (BA/PRH)
- VVR3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Italian year 1 (BA/PRI)
- VVW3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Music year 1 (BA/PRM)
- VVR4: BA Philosophy and Religion and Spanish year 1 (BA/PRS)
- VVQ5: BA Philosophy and Religion and Welsh year 1 (BA/PRW)
- VVV2: BA Philosophy and Religion and Welsh History year 1 (BA/PRWH)
- VV12: BA Welsh History/History year 1 (BA/WHH)
- M1V5: LLB Law with Philosophy and Religion year 1 (LLB/LPR)
- V101: MArts History year 1 (MARTS/HIST)