Introduction

World Religions – Confucianism and Daoism

Module Introduction

This module will provide students with an introduction to the Chinese religions of Daoism and Confucianism. The module will familiarize students with Chinese religious history as well as Daoist and Confucian beliefs and practices. From there, students will complete the Timeline Activity, organizing important events from Chinese religious history in the proper order. On this module’s Discussion Board, the student will argue for how far self-control governs the practices and beliefs of the Chinese Religions. Finally, the student will demonstrate proficiency of this Learning Unit through the module assessments. (1)

Learning Outcomes

This module aligns with Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role and function of the Dao within the Daoist religious tradition.
  • Describe essential elements related to Doaist theology (e.g. wu wei, yin/yang.
  • List the Five Great Relationships and describe their significance within Confucian thought.
  • Describe the essential virtues of Confucianism (e.g. xiao, ren, li, junzi.
  • Describe the historial relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese state.
  • Recognize the influence of Laozi and Confucius on their respective religions.
  • Recognize similarities and differences between Daoism and Confucianism. (1)

Required Reading

Learning Unit 4

Assignments and Learning Activities

  • Complete Module 4 Discussion
  • Complete Confucianism and Daoism Timeline Activity
  • Complete Module 4 Quiz
  • Submit Rough Draft: Comparative Religion Essay