21 Introduction

World Religions – Shinto

Module Introduction

This module will provide students with an introduction to the religion of Shinto. The module will familiarize students with Japanese religious history as well as Shinto beliefs and practices. From there, students will complete the Timeline Activity, organizing important events from Shinto history in the proper order. On this module’s Discussion Board, the student will assess the religion of Shinto through lenses of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Sigmund Freud. Finally, the student will demonstrate proficiency of this Learning Unit through the weekly module assessments. (1)

Learning Outcomes

This module aligns with Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the extent to which China influenced Japanese culture and religion.
  • Identify the how the Shinto faith evolved from the Meiji Restoration to the end of WWII.
  • Identify essential elements related to Shinto theology.
  • Discuss the importance of sacred space within Japanese epistemology.
  • Identify the role of myth in shaping Japanese religion.
  • Describe the role that the gods play within the Shinto faith. (1)

Required Reading

Learning Unit 5

Assignments and Learning Activities

  • Complete Module 5 Discussion
  • Complete Shinto Timeline Activity
  • Complete Module 5 Quiz


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