Ch 29: MTEL History: Confucianism

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Learn all about Confucianism, how it was founded and how it is practiced today, as you prepare for the MTEL History Exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes present everything you need to know to answer questions on the test with confidence.

MTEL History: Confucianism - Chapter Summary

You can use the lessons in this chapter to review what you studied in college about Confucianism, in preparation for the MTEL History Exam. The important points are covered in the videos. You'll find out about:

  • How Confucianism was founded
  • What five relationships comprise Confucianism
  • Confucianism's rituals and ethics
  • The Mandate of Heaven
  • Tung Chung-shu
  • Japanese and Korean Confucianism

We use top-notch instructors who know the fine points of the topics they are teaching, and who can show you exactly what you need to know for the test. The material is presented in the form of text and video lessons, the variation of which can enhance your ease of learning and make it more interesting.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Confucianism Chapter

The MTEL History Exam evaluates your knowledge and understanding of history, falling within three specific objectives: American History, World History, and Geography, Government and Economics. You need to pass this exam to be certified to teach history in Massachusetts. The topics in the Confucianism chapter fit into the World History Objective, making up 25% of the test questions. You can see how well you have absorbed the material by taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with each video lesson. These quizzes also give you practice answering the types of questions you'll see on the actual exam.

Your competence in the three objective areas is measured via 100 multiple-choice and two open-response questions. Multiple-choice items present you with a passage to read and questions about it followed by possible answers, from which you must select the correct one. Open-response items evaluate your ability to integrate what you know into an organized and logical narrative.

6 Lessons in Chapter 29: MTEL History: Confucianism
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The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

1. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism

2. Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism

This lesson will focus on Confucianism's concepts of Jen and Li. In doing so, it will highlight how the religion is often seen as a code of conduct or an ethical system. It will also explain the Five Key Relationships of Confucianism.

Te: The Ethics and Rituals of Confucianism

3. Te: The Ethics and Rituals of Confucianism

This lesson will seek to explain Confucianism's virtue of Te as it pertains to rulers. In doing so, it will explore the origins of Confucianism while also highlighting the ritual of filial piety and the concept of Chun-tzu.

Mencius Teachings and the Mandate of Heaven

4. Mencius Teachings and the Mandate of Heaven

This lesson will focus on the ancient Confucius philosopher known as Mencius. In doing so, it will highlight the idealized form of Confucianism, the concept of Jen and the political theory known as the Mandate of Heaven.

Tung Chung-shu: Confucianism in the Han Dynasty

5. Tung Chung-shu: Confucianism in the Han Dynasty

This lesson will focus on the life of Tung Chung-shu. In doing so, it will explain his role in elevating Confucianism to the forefront of the Han Dynasty. It will also explain the concept of Jen and the emperor as Son of Heaven.

The Confucianism of Japan and Korea

6. The Confucianism of Japan and Korea

This lesson will focus on the Confucianism of Korea and Japan. In doing so, it will highlight the importance of the Five Key Relationships and filial piety. It will also explore the role feudalism played in the development of Japanese Confucianism.

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