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PHIL11-106: Understanding East Asian Cultures January 2018 [Standard]

General information

In this subject, we will encounter original texts from Confucius’ Analects, and the subsequent and related schools, to develop a sense of the source and goals of Confucian Philosophy that is best expressed as an aesthetics of thought and emotion. We pursue this in examples of lived experiences, through literature, artworks, and film, to relate these ideas to the challenges of our daily lives and our contemporary world; we employ methods of comparison to discover aspects of Confucian Philosophy that are otherwise easily overlooked; we seek analogies in our own personal experience, to relate the general principles of ritual and self-cultivation to the question on how meaning is constituted for ourselves.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PHIL11-106
Subject title:Confucian Philosophy: A Philosophy for the Self
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify basic teachings of Confucian Philosophy and recognise relationships to other philosophical traditions.
  2. Communicate philosophical ideas from a personal perspective in clear and structured academic writing and oral presentations
  3. Analyse, discuss and provide meaningful feedback to peers.
  4. Integrate philosophical ideas with personal experience and extend them towards future professional goals


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Tutorial Activity Each week will focus on one question with assigned readings. To prepare for the tutorial, students reflect on the questions in a weekly-diary. In the tutorial, students take turns to present their thoughts for in-class discussion 20% Weekly 1, 2, 4.
Class Participation In class contribution 10% Weekly 1, 2, 3.
Essay Mid Term Essay 20% Week 6 1, 2, 4.
Oral Presentation The subject is concluded by a two-part Student Conference in which students present their work to their peers, discuss, and respond to feedback 20% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay Final Essay 30% Week 11 1, 2, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Subject curriculum

Readings: Selections from the Analects. Question: Wherein lies the beauty of “the ordinary” and why is it philosophical?

Readings: Selections from the Analects; Zhuāng Zǐ; the Japanese Suikinkutsu 水琴窟. Question: Why does music play a significant role in Confucian self-education?

Readings: Selections from the Analects; Xún Zǐ; the Japanese Tea Ceremony 茶道 Question: How does ritual play a significant role in our life, and what is the meaning in drinking a bowl of tea?

Readings: Selections from Neo-Confucian Philosophy of the 10th to 12th century; “Pushing Hands”《推手》(Film, Ang Lee 1992) Question: Is the Confucian idea of filial piety still meaningful for our world?

Readings: Selections from the Analects; Selections from Neo-Confucian Philosophy of the 10th to 12th century Question: Why is it joyful to be moral?

Readings: Selections from Zhuāng Zǐ; Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time Question: Does joy arise from sensation and can I “know” my joy?

Readings: Selections from Xún Zǐ Question: What is “Evil”, and can “patterning the world” keep us safe?

Readings: Ikiru (Film, Kurosawa 1952) Question: Is it possible to live a meaningful life in the face of adversity?

Readings: Selections from Alan Chan, Analects Renovated and Topical Topics Question: How much is not “too much” in business and political strategy?

Readings: Selections from Zhuāng Zǐ; Bā Dà Shān Rén’s Paintings Question: What is the source from which we construct our Self?

Approved on: Jan 9, 2018. Edition: 1.2