RELI3106 Religion and Modern Chinese Societies (3 units)
Since the beginning of the 20th century, religion in all its varied forms has come to play an increasingly visible and dynamic role in the transformation of Chinese societies. This vitality of religious practice has been witnessed in different dimensions such as secularization, modernization, post-modernism, post-colonialism and post-secularization. It draws attention to the role of religion in all Chinese societies, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, as well as overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia and elsewhere. This course begins with exploring the religious, ethical and cultural issues in modern Chinese societies, as reflected through films and literature. Then, the course goes on to examine the interactions of religions with, and their impact on, Chinese societies.
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