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Paper Title: Samurai Code and Dogen Term Paper: Papers should be approximately 5

Paper Title: Samurai Code and Dogen Term Paper: Papers should be approximately 5-6 pages (cover and biblio not included). The paper will be evaluated on form as well as content. It should be clearly written, well organized, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources used in research must be included in a bibliography. References must be supplied for all quotations and also for any idea, insights, or viewpoints you by reading the work of others. School: Arts and Humanities Course Number: PHIL 311 Studies in Japanese Thought Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8 Weeks Prerequisite: PHIL 101 Table of Contents Instructor Information Evaluation Procedures Course Description Grading Scale Course Scope Course Outline Course Objectives Policies Course Delivery Method Academic Services Course Materials Selected Bibliography Instructor Information Instructor: Dr. Jeff Shirkey Email: jeffrey.shirkey@mycampus.apus.edu Office Hours: By appointment Table of Contents Course Description (Catalog) This course is an introduction to the Japanese philosophical tradition. Zen Buddhist teachings will be examined through two quite different but equally representative schools: “zazen” – sitting in meditation, and “koan” – Zen riddles. The Bushido or Samurai teachings will also be examined. Modern translations and commentaries of the classical texts will be used. The course will be of interest to those interested in non-western philosophy, cultural studies, and Asian studies. (Note to Students: The course materials, assignments, learning outcomes, and expectations in this upper level undergraduate course assume that the student has completed all lower level general education and career planning coursework necessary to develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students who have not fulfilled all general education requirements through courses or awarded transfer credit should strongly consider completing these requirements prior to registering for this course.) Table of Contents Course Scope The primary focus of this course will be on the writings of two important and influential Japanese thinkers, Dogen and Hakuin. We will attempt a first, tentative interpretation of these difficult works. The approach will be to allow these texts to speak to us, based on the assumption that they may have something to say to us today and are not simply museum pieces from another time and place. We will also examine two popular and more assessable philosophical movements, Bushido and Wabi-Sabi. Table of Contents Course Objectives Identify and evaluate the major themes and claims of these philosophers. Examine and analyze key concepts present in these writings. Compare and contrast the philosophical views of the authors with those of the other authors as well as will our own views. Table of Contents Course Delivery Method This course delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments are due by Sunday evening of the week as noted and include Discussion Board questions (accomplished in groups through a threaded discussion board), examination, and individual assignments submitted for review by the Faculty Member). Assigned faculty will support the students throughout this eight-week course. Table of Contents Course Materials Required Readings Tanahashi, Kazuaki, ed. Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen. New York: North Point Press, 1985. Yampolsky, Philip B. The Zen Master Hakuin: Selected Writings. New York: Columbia University Press, 1971. (Daidoji, Yuzan (Taira Shigesuke). Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu. Trans. Thomas Cleary. Boston: Tuttle drafting, 1999. Ansart, Olivier. “Loyalty in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Samurai Discourse.” Japanese Studies 27.2 (2007): 139-53. Print. Available online through the online library. Ikegami, Eiko. “Shame and the Samurai: Institutions, Trustworthiness, and Autonomy in the Elite Honor Culture.” Social Research 70. 4 (2003): 1351-78. Print. Available online through the online library. Preston, Ted M. “The Stoic Samurai.” Asian Philosophy 13.1 (2003): 39-53. Print. Available online through the online library. Hurst III, G. Cameron. “Death, Honor, and Loyalty: The Bushido Ideal.” Philosophy East & West 40.4 (1990): 511-28. Print. Available online through the online library. Koren, Leonard. Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 1994. Table of Contents Evaluation Procedures Discussion Board: Each week your are required to answer at least one question on the discussion board by Thursday and respond to at least two posts from other students by Sunday. Your responses should be well thought out and presented in a clear, concise, thorough, and well-organized essay. Your responses to other students should be substantive. Your response to the question should be a minimum of 250 words. Your responses to other students should be a minimum of 125 words. The discussion counts for 20% of your final grade. Analysis and Interpretation: Each week you will be required to answer one question based on the reading that will require a careful reading, analysis, and interpretation. Your answers should demonstrate that you have read and understood the material. Your responses should be well thought out and presented in a clear, concise, thorough, and well-organized essay. The minimum word count should be 350 words. The analysis and interpretation essays are worth 40% of your final grade. Term Paper: You must first submit a paper proposal and have it approved before writing your paper. The proposal should be sent to me by email. You have the option of writing on a suggested topic or coming up with your own. Topic proposals should be submitted by email by the end of week 5 so that enough time remains if revisions are needed. Papers should be approximately 10 pages. The paper will be evaluated on form as well as content. It should be clearly written, well organized, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. Sources used in research must be included in a bibliography. References must be supplied for all quotations and also for any idea, insights, or viewpoints you by reading the work of others. Please see the section on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism below. The term paper will be worth 40% of your final grade. Grade Instruments

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