The aim of this course is to help students acquire an understanding of the spiritual culture from the bubble period (late 1980's) to the earthquake disaster (2011) in Japan. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between spirituality and contemporary society. And Topics include spiritual boom and its background, young people's views of life and death and spiritual aspect of popular culture.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Obtain basic knowledge about spiritual culture.
2) Explain the background of spiritual boom.
3) Express their view on spirituality.
Spirituality, religion, spiritual boom, views of life and death
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students must respond to the question from a teacher through the discussions or short reports. And they should reach the same degree of understanding as they exchange their points of view.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 2||Religion and spirituality|
|Class 3||Spiritual boom and its background (1)|
|Class 4||Spiritual boom and its background (2)||Write a paper on relevant issues, attending classes in the past.|
|Class 5||Spiritual boom and its background (3)|
|Class 6||Young people's views of life and death (1)|
|Class 7||Young people's views of life and death (2)||Write a paper on relevant issues, attending a workshop on views of life and death.|
|Class 8||Young people's views of life and death (3)||Report the content of the last week's discussion.|
|Class 9||Spiritual aspect of popular culture (1)|
|Class 10||Spiritual aspect of popular culture (2)||Write a paper on relevant issues, watching a film dealing with spiritual culture.|
|Class 11||Spiritual aspect of popular culture (3)||Report the content of the last week's discussion.|
|Class 12||Distinguishing between light and dark of spiritual boom (1)|
|Class 13||Distinguishing between light and dark of spiritual boom (2)||Discuss about this subject.|
|Class 14||Conclusion: Distinguishing between light and dark of spiritual boom (3)||Report the content of the last week's discussion.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Course materials are provided during class.
Discussion: 35%, Short report: 35%, Quiz: 30%