Religion 0811-002/ Asian Studies 0811-002:
Asian Behavior and Thought, Spring 2017
Instructor: Travis Travis
Office address: Anderson 638
Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00 & by appointment
Email: [email protected]
Class time & location: MWF 1:00-1:50/ Anderson 211
Course Overview and Goals
Course Description (from Course Catalog)
We incessantly engage ourselves in doing things. We are beings-at-doing.
We define ourselves by the kind of actions we perform. How we act or conduct
ourselves is shaped by the kind of self we construct for ourselves. And that self is
shaped by the society into which we happen to be born. Self-identity, which is
socially and culturally constructed by our experiences and interactions with
others, carries a personal as well as an interpersonal meaning. Learn the four
Asian paradigmatic cases of self-identity and examine yourself in light of them.
This course fulfills the Human Behavior (GB) requirement for students
under GenEd and Individual & Society (IN) for students under Core. Students
cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of
the following: ASST 0811, CRIT 0811, PHIL 0811, Chinese 0811, Japanese 0811
or Religion 0911.
Upon Completion of this Course, students will be able to:
Gain basic knowledge of and exposure to the major religious
traditions of Asiathat is, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and
Daoismand become aware of the significant plurality and diversity both
within and among traditions.
Develop and/or improve critical reading and research skills through
investigating one tradition in-depth.
Thoroughly engage with the course material through reading, class
discussion, small-group work, visual media, and reflective writing.
1 Course Requirements
*See Course Policies
There will be weekly activities to be completed individually and in small groups
throughout the course. These activities will be graded and counted towards your
Grading of Assignments
The grade for this course will be determined according to the following formula:
Assignments/Activities % of Final Grade
Attendance & Participation 25%
Project 1 25%
Project 2 25%
Project 3 25%
Letter grades for the entire course will be assigned as follows:
A: 93-100; A-: 90-92; B+: 87-89; B: 83-86; B-: 80-82; C+: 77-79; C: 73-76;
C-: 70-72; D+: 67-69; D: 60-66; F: <60.
Students will provide their preference and be assigned one of five team roles
that will determine their grading scheme.
1. Writer 3 scaffolded essays
2. Artist 3 scaffolded fine arts products (i.e. film, dance, music, art,
3. Presenter 3 scaffolded presentations using innovative presentation
4. Cartographer 3 scaffolded interactive maps using various GIS
5. Editor 3 projects that synthesize the scaffolded works of your team
2Writer Grade Criteria
Essay 1 Project Proposal you will write a 3 page summary of
your teams research project. The essay should be
Due Friday 2/17 MLA, APA, or Chicago format; 12pt font.
Essay 2 Application of Scholarly Sources to your Research Project
Due Friday 3/24 For this essay, you will research at least 3 sources 1
should be a primary source from course reserves.
The essay should be 3-5 pages; MLA, APA, or
Chicago format; 12pt font; and illustrate a deeper
understanding of your project in light of scholarly
Essay 3 Creative Assignment Based on Previous Two Essays
Due Friday 4/21 You will be given directions for essay 3 based on your
grade from essay 2.
Artist Grade Criteria
Exam 1 Project Proposal Yo