Study Religion in China — Study Abroad Program

In the summer of 2015 and 2016, Center on Religion and Chinese Society organized summer study abroad program lead by Dr. Jonathan Pettit. Students were taken on a research trip to study religion in China. Students traveled throughout north, west, and south China, visited more than twenty temples, mosques, monasteries, and churches, including two regions of ancient Tibet.

 

The summer course introduced students to the doctrinal features and institutional frameworks of Chinese religions. Topics included connecting Chinese devotional life to service-oriented industries (e.g., healthcare, funerary culture, orphanages). It also examined the roles that government policies play in suppressing or facilitating religious growth. Finally, it addressed the ways that political forces play varying roles on local, regional, and national levels to shape Chinese religious life. In addition to daily readings and morning lectures/discussions, students were responsible for going out into the field each day to explore how these issues are “lived out” in Chinese cities.

 

Study Abroad Program 2015 (Study Religion in China)