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Taoism and Western Culture

Learn the fundamentals of Taoism and how to apply it with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Taoism and Western Culture

Why join the course?

Taoism, although its origins lie in Ancient China, has a far ranging global influence even to this day. Laozi offered inexhaustible truth for everything on earth in just 5,000 words. Taoism also enjoys equal popularity with the bible. On this course we’ll explore exactly how Taoism is being applied in today’s world.

Understand Taoism across the world

As Taoism has spread it’s been interpreted in many different ways. We’ll have a look at how European and Western cultures are using and applying the various beliefs of Taoism. Plus we’ll learn more about one of the key texts about Taoism: Lao Zi, the Chinese cultural epic.

Learn about Taoism in a variety of ways

Throughout the course you’ll learn about Taoism through vivid and interesting examples and different types of media helping you to explore Taoism fully.

Explore how to apply Taoism

In a hectic modern world full of distraction applying Taoism might seem difficult. This course will offer you some hints and tips on how to apply Taoism in modern society and benefit from the truth Taoism has to offer.

What topics will you cover?

  • An American professor’s vision of the Dao De Jing
  • Dao De Jing in the west
  • The influence of Taoism on European culture
  • Taoism and technoetic art

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Interpret some rudimentary knowledge of the Dao De Jing
  • Describe some initiatory differences between the Dao De Jing and western culture
  • Demonstrate how the Dao De Jing was and is translated, understood, accepted and applied in the west
  • Lead the way for the study of the systematic Taoist theories and their applications in the future stages

Who is the course for?

There are no special requirements for this course but an enthusiasm for discovering new ways of thinking might be useful.

Who will you learn with?

Gu Zhengkun

Ph.D., Professor & former director, Institute of World Literature of Peking University,Co-President of the International Association for Comparative Studies of China and the West (IACSCW).

Who developed the course?

DeTao Masters Academy (DeTao) is a world class educational organization focusing on innovation and the revolution of education, devoted to new education models that go beyond conventional approaches.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £39.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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