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Culture and Religion in Asia (AST352)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This unit is an introduction to the major religions of Asia including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, as well as to the evolution of Confucian-based belief, and folk values and beliefs, from a sociological/anthropological and cultural perspective. It concentrates on the dynamic relationship between cultures and religions in contemporary Asia by examining the relevance of religion to people's everyday life including issues such as politics and terrorism.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate critical awareness of the differences and similarities of culture and religion in the Asian region;
2. Demonstrate an appreciation of key concepts related to the complexities underpinning spiritual / religious practices and folk wisdom in the Asian region;
3. Recognise the complex outcomes of various historical, social, political and economic developments on Asian spiritual life;
4. Be able to critically reflect upon the nature of 'religious' belief and lived experience(s) in different contexts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar/Workshop: 1 x 3 hours per week which includes up to 50 minutes of film.
Students are expected to watch 2 x ~30 minute pre-recorded lectures via LMS prior to attending the seminar.
Unit Learning Experiences Pre-recorded lectures will introduce students to broad scholarly trends relevant to culture and religion in the Asian region. The unit has been structured to take students of varying backgrounds through a logically developed series of topics. Required readings, films and case studies provide the framework for analysing aspects of 'religious' construction in the Asian region. External students will use the on-line Discussion Forum on LMS to discuss weekly study questions. In the weekly semi-structured seminars, internal students have the opportunity to explore critical issues relating to the subject area in small groups.
Film(s) will be watched and critically analysed to enhance student learning. For external students the film(s) are available either via LMS or the link provided in the Learning Guide.
Assessment Active seminar / online participation (14%).
A PowerPoint presentation (10%) provides students the opportunity to more deeply explore a chosen topic of interest.
A concept review (Topics 1-4) (16%) provides early feedback on understandings.
A concept review and major essay (36%) covers Topics 4-11.
A 2-hour closed-book exam (24%) will provide student's opportunities for demonstrating their knowledge of the cultural, social, economic and political complexities of 'religion' in the Asian region.
Prerequisites Nil.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Anja Reid

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e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
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