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This module provides an overview of the religious traditions of Japan from pre-history through to the present. This approach will be historical and thematic, and will situate religious phenomena in their historical and cultural contexts. This module will alert students to various problems of interpretation concerning religion in Japanese history, and will empower them to think critically about these. This will entail relating issues involved in the interpretation of Japanese religions to problems in the study of religions in general. We will examine primary source material, secondary scholarship by both Western and Japanese scholars (in translation), and films. In doing so, students will acquire a firm grasp of the research tools and methods needed to pursue further interest in the study of Japanese religions.

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JPNS5007 Japanese Religions Semester 2 29/01/2021 11:45:11