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

General information

This subject provides students with the opportunity to study contemporary issues such as climate change, the rise of China, the Three Gorges Dam project, hierarchy, authority and gender equality. Recent speeches that have impacted upon society will be discussed, as well as traditional artworks and ceremonies. Films depicting a Confucian perspective will be studied, illustrating the most vital insights from this millennium-old, yet still young tradition. Looking for an authentic Confucian Way through everyday activities and questions, students will encounter Confucianism both as a journey to understanding and a model for guidance.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PHIL11-106
Subject title:The Way: Confucian Philosophy and The Path to a Good Life
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

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  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - No Description


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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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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

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Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Methodology and assessment, Confucius and Analects, disciples, canons and commentaries, Mencius, Xún Zǐ’s article on human nature, Shàn (good), È (bad), “Kung Fu Mantis vs Jumping Spider” (BBC Earth 2015)

Xué (learning), Rén (the humane), The beauty of everydayness, The style of traditional Chinese painting (Huáng Gōng Wàng and Bā Dà Shān Rén), “Late Spring” (Yasujirū Ozu, 1949)

Xiào (filial piety), Lǐ (ritual propriety), Jordan Peterson on hierarchy, “Pushing Hands” (Ang Li, 1992).

Chéng (sincerity), Xìn (trustworthy), Alan Chan’s commentary on Analects, Jordan Peterson/Cathy Newman debate on gender issues (2018)

Zhì (wisdom), Zhèng (governance), the Three Gorges Dam project in China, Chinese policies towards climate change, Kevin Rudd’s speech on “China’s rise and a new world order” (2017)

Shī (poetry), Confucius’s disciple Yán Huí, “less is more”, Tea Ceremony, Japanese lunchbox.

Neo-Confucianism (Zhū Xī and Wáng Yáng Míng), “Ikiru” (Film, Kurosawa 1952).

Yuè (Music)/lè (Joy), Shēn (body), Confucius disciple Zēng Diǎn, Suikinkutsu (a special musical device), Questioning the tattoo phenomenon.

Sè (Appearance), Dé (Virtue), Shigeru Ban’s design philosophy, Australian indigenous artworks.

Dào (the Way), Three traditions, Your own tradition, “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring” (Film, Kim Ki-Duk 2003).

Approved on: Mar 20, 2018. Edition: 2.0
Last updated: Mar 26, 2018.