All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and team Application Exercises. All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.
CAUTION: I reserve the right to make revisions to on-line materials prior to their discussion in class at the relevant point in the semester. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.
Unit 3b: Pre-Historic & Early Medieval Korea & Japan (1st - 12th century CE)
|Tue, Nov 27
& Thu, Nov 29
orientation to readings
FIND TERMS & EXCERPTS from the reading guide in these primary sources:
FIND * TERMS from the reading guide in these overviews:
BROWSE on-line information regarding similar contemporary practices:
|Tue, Dec 4||
#3b DUE by 11:30 am
Application Exercise 3b
(same as above)
|Thu, Dec 6||
Application Exercise 3b
PREPARE NOTES addressing the following focus:
Like Rakeesha, Nate participated in OCSS City Repair's youth programs--the Mount Shasta trip and nature immersion program--but his insights from these were related to choosing a career path. He enjoyed the contact with nature involved with climbing Mount Shasta and exploring the river, but he is not sure he would want to spend his life just observing nature. He wants to a find a career that meaningfully connects him to a community of thoughtful people, a community which reinforces meaningful reflection.
Knowing that you have studied East Asian communities focused on different kinds of reflection, he consults you to help her decide between three options he is considering:
A. A friend of Nate's works for a company that builds places of worship; one of the projects they are planning for is a rennovation of The Queen's Chapel in London. Nate has worked on construction projects before and likes the idea of doing so abroad.
B. Nate has also heard about the Capitol Fellows Program at Sac State, and is interested in writing about life at the Capitol from the inside. He has heard of the Capitol Weekly and wonders if he might get a position there, or else just start his own blog.
C. Nate met a mentor in the nature immersion program who regularly visits the Metta Forest Monastery in the mountains San Diego. Although this would be completely different, he wonders if he should consider a life of retreat from society, which would allow him to do writing of a different kind.
Having heard from you that these activities share certain features with Japanese practices you have been studying, Nate asks for your advice about which career he should explore first.
YOUR NOTES: Gather evidence from the sources associated with the three medieval (Korean-influenced) Japanese practices assigned for this unit (see reading guide) that helps you evaluate WHICH OF THE CAREER OPTIONS NATE SHOULD EXPLORE FIRST, given that his GOAL is to find be part of a community that reinforces meaningful reflection of some kind.
*MAKE SURE TO CITE PAGE NUMBER(S) FOR EACH EXAMPLE*