Knowledge of the major religious traditions of the world is central to the academic discipline of religious studies. The religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are the major traditions.
This course is an introduction to the beliefs, spiritual practices, and history of the middle and Far East world’s major religions. It examines the formative and classical periods of each tradition and considers their various responses to modernity to provide a spectrum of developments during the pre-modern, modern, and post-modern periods. The course also looks comparatively at the teachings and practices of each religion to aid students in making valid descriptive comparisons and contrasts.
The course aims to present a comparative study of world religions, including but not limited to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Discuss the major beliefs and practices of Asian religions, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
- Explain the key teachings, beliefs and practices of each of the major world religions.
- Discuss the ways in which the formative and classical periods for each tradition are related to the pre-modern and post-modern expressions of each
- Explain the core elements qualities and characteristics which are common and similar in each of the religious traditions studied
- Describe the impact religious beliefs have had in history and current challenges.