ASIA377 History of Korean Thought Sections
An examination of Korean religious, philosophical, and scientific thought from the earliest written records to the present day, with particular focus on the interaction of Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and, in the present century, Christianity.
Understanding the quickly-shifting religious landscape of East-Asia is important for anyone who interacts with the region or studies it. Korea offers a matchless blend of global and local tradition, and is changing rapidly. Therefore, understanding Korean spirituality offers the student a unique view on the spirituality of the 21st century.
In this course we will learn the language and methodologies of religion studies and see how they apply to the Korean case. Students will be able to use these skills whenever interacting with issues of religion and spirituality – be it occupational or personal.
We will survey the most interesting cases of Korean religion and spirituality, and try to find out what is uniquely Korean about them. For East Asia experts, we offer a chance to expand their knowledge on Korean religions. For other majors, we offer exposure to Korea and to some important tools that will complement their own knowledge and skills.
Who will be teaching this course
Guy Shababo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Asian Studies, writing on Korean Confucianism under the guidance of Dr. Donald Baker. He has an MA in philosophy from the Tel-Aviv University, and another MA in Asian Studies from UBC. He is also a graduate of Computer Sciences and has worked in the past for high-profile hi-tech companies.