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Ch 7: Overview of Confucianism

About This Chapter

The Overview of Confucianism chapter of this History of Major World Religions Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study important teachings and figures within Confucianism. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with Confucianism.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Confucianism material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of Confucianism. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with Confucianism
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world religions (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Confucianism chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Confucianism chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Confucianism for a standard world religion course. Topics covered include:

  • The foundation of Confucianism
  • Definition of te and Confucianism ethics
  • Overview of the Mandate of Heaven
  • Differences between Confucianism in China, Japan and Korea
  • Han dynasty Confucianism

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Overview of 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 Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

6. The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

This lesson will focus on the decline of Confucianism within the Republic of China. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of Jen and filial piety. It will also explore the role of and the influence of the Three Principles of the People.

The Confucianism of Japan and Korea

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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