Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

East China Normal University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Chinese Philosophy

  • Host University

    East China Normal University

  • Location

    Shanghai, China

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Studies, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:

    The course is a comprehensive historical survey of the main religious traditions in China, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and some comparative study of Chinese religion and Christianity. Through lectures, discussions, and reading of select primary and secondary sources, we will explore the formulations and subsequent transformations of key beliefs, doctrines, practices, and institutions that characterized specific religious traditions. We will also examine the patterns of interaction among different traditions, as well as the general character of religious life in China.

    Learning Objectives:

    Through this course, students can understand the basic ideas of ancient Chinese philosophy, read the classics of Chinese philosophy, and understand Chinese wisdom. The purpose of the course is not only the introduction of knowledge, but also the training of thinking and the cultivation of cross-cultural perspectives.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations