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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program
Lecture Code WMJ31201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name アジア文化論(伝統文化)
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Asian Cultural Studies (Traditional Cultures)
アラミ ヒロシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Weds1-4:IAS K304
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 14 : Cultural Studies
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Class Objectives
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The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang are a national treasure for Chinese historical research, with over 45,000 m2 of murals that are visual materials for the 4th to 13th centuries. From the same Dunhuang Mogao Caves, in the beginning of the summer of 1900, the so-called Dunhuang manuscripts, a group of documents said to exceed over 60,000 in number from the Mogao library cave in Dunhuang, were discovered. These murals and documents have been preserved as precious research material and researched. "Dunhuang studies", which studies both of these areas, has solved many of history's mysteries.
In particular, the Dunhuang manuscripts are believed to be the documents stored in the Dunhuang temple, which was sealed for some reason around the year 1000. These include not only scriptures, such as Buddhist scripture, Taoist and Confucian documents, but also many documents from the average people which are normally not recorded in history, including economic documents such as ledgers, scripts for lectures on the sutras, fortune-telling books, song lyrics popular at the time, novels, materials for learning at the time, and materials that describe folk beliefs. From these documents, we have learned about the status of society and life of the average people, discovering the previously unknown backstage of history.
Among these Dunhuang manuscripts, we will use for our textbook in this course the scripts of prosimetric literature known as the "Bianwen" (transformation texts), using them to examine Chinese culture. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Introduction/Overview of the Dunhuang manuscripts
Lesson 2: Reading
Lesson 3: Reading
Lesson 4: Reading
Lesson 5: Reading
Lesson 6: Reading
Lesson 7: Reading
Lesson 8: Reading
Lesson 9: Reading
Lesson 10: Reading
Lesson 11: Reading
Lesson 12: Reading
Lesson 13: Reading
Lesson 14: Reading
Lesson 15: Reading
Students will submit a final report. 
handouts to be distributed in classes as needed 
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For the readings from Lesson 3 to Lesson 15, students must read not only the section they will be responsible for, but must thoroughly read the textbook and attend class. 
Grading Method Active participation in class: 40%
Report: 60% 
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Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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