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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 003 (GH;US;IL) (ASIA 003) Introduction to the Religions of the East (3) Religious experience, thought, patterns of worship, morals, and institutions in relation to culture in Eastern religions.

RL ST (ASIA) 003 Introduction to the Religions of the East (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course will explore the foundations, development, and diversity of religious traditions in Asia, focusing mostly on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. It is organized according to two sections: Foundations and Developments. The Foundations section provides an introduction to the worldviews and practices of Eastern teachings. We will also discuss the
structure of society, the social expectations on individuals based on gender and class, and rituals, which expose us to
rich mythologies or intricate ceremonies. The second section, Developments, traces the evolution of religious doctrine
and practice through history. Here, we learn to distinguish among large and small-scale movements and schools, and to familiarize ourselves with the geographical scope of each religion in South, Southeast, and East Asia. An abiding emphasis in this course will be on how to read and interpret the varied scriptures and primary texts of these religions.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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