This unit will discuss the doctrines and concepts central to two different, but related traditions: Zen Buddhism and Taoism. It will examine the historical rise and development of these traditions through a critical study of the classics of Bodhidharma, Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Dogen. The unit also explores the philosophical and the intellectual roots and phases of Zen - from India to China to Japan - and Taoism - from the early Taoists and the recluses to Lao Tzu and on to Chuang Tzu and the Neo-Taoists - and their relations to other traditions such as Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as to each other.
|Unit name||Zen and Tao: East Asian Philosophy|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
|Coordinator||Doctor Sonam Thakchoe|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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|Hobart||Semester 1||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development, methodology and philosophical positions within Daoism and East Asian Buddhism.
- Critically analyse philosophical and phenomenological positions and arguments discussed throughout the unit.
- Develop your own philosophical position, construct an argument to defend that position and to identify and address challenges to your own position.
- Communicate both verbally and in writing using philosophical language and academic style.
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- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Tutorial (1 hour) or online discussion posts
|Assessment||MyLO Quizzes (15%)|Final take-home exam (35%)|Major assignment (35%)|Tutorial participation/online discussion (15%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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