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Chinese Religious Tradition

May 22, 2014

Faure, Bernard
Chinese Religious Tradition

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Chinese Religious Traditions with Bernard Faure was a great class. Professor Faure is very knowledgeable on the subject and his lectures are fun and interesting. He has a rule about no electronics out during lecture, and he will call you out if he sees you not paying attention or sleeping, or if you arrive significantly late to class. He's a nice guy though, so he's mostly just making fun of you.

There are mandatory discussion sections for this class (you can choose a time and TA) and the TAs can help answer your questions when you are unsure of something Faure mentioned in class. Faure's lectures are somewhat improvisational, so they can be rambling sometimes, but I always thought that his stories and details were interesting. He really knows a lot of stuff, so if you're curious about something specific, you can ask and he'll deliver a pretty good answer.

I'd say that this class is a solid choice for a global core, or if you're just curious about the subject. The readings are really interesting, and the lecture/discussions were chill. Learning about these religions really helped me with my mindset in my own life.

Workload:

One discussion section each week (one hour long) in addition to the lectures. Each week, there is also a discussion post in which you must answer a question related to the weekly readings and what Faure says in lecture (no more than a page, graded more on completion than on quality). Readings should take roughly 2 hours a week, but you can get away with skimming them if you really are short on time. There is a midterm and a final, with the format of 1) IDs 2) Essay. The TA's give you a list of IDs to study from so you can be pretty prepared for the tests (I recommend getting a pdf of the textbook so that you can ctrl-f for IDs). There's also a final paper (broad range of possible topics to choose from) that's 8-10 pgs long. Grading isn't too harsh.

November 12, 2007

Como, Michael Silver_nugget
Chinese Religious Tradition

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This guy is amazing! He is one of the best teachers I have ever had. His explanations of difficult subjects are so clear and understandable. I cannot say enough great things about him. I enrolled in the class to fulfill a Humanities and Cultural Diversity requirement at the same time. I would recommend the class just to experience such an incredible professor who knows how to teach. His comedy is excellent as well. Take any class you can with Professor Como.

Workload:

Readings that are pretty boring and repetitious. One midterm. A quiz about the readings (because there were no references in the midterm essays). Final

December 19, 2004

Yu, Chun-Fang (TA)
Chinese Religious Tradition

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Professor Yu is nearly impossible to review in any way that doesn't undermine her incredible knowledge/achievements in the field of Chinese religions...she knows more about Kuan-Yin than anyone in the world (no seriously, she does...) She knows a lot about Buddhism and is cleary passionate and excited about it, but this enthusiasm is completely missing from her lectures on Confucianism, Daoism, etc... The main problem I guess is that her lectures ramble. If you can imagine trying to talk in French, to a group of french-speaking people, about your favorite novel in english, which is your native language, that would be something like the challenge that Prof. Yu faces. This is compounded by the fact that translations, often having gone from sanskrit to several chinese versions and finally to english are EXCRUTIATING. If you are interested in this kind of work, based on what other people in the class have said, the class is worth taking. But if you are a religion major taking it for a breadth requirement or you think you "might be interested" in Chinese Religion, its probably not for you.

Workload:

One midterm (10 ids' 2-3 short essays) 1 final (same as midterm) 1 7-page paper on a topic of your choice; weekly posting on courseworks.

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Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
RELI / RELI RELI RELI V2405: Chinese Religious Traditions: Chinese Religious Tradition Chun-Fang Yu 2010 Spring MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1