Summer 2019 - HUM 130 C200
Introduction to Religious Studies (3)
Class Number: 5987
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 9, 2019
Fri, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
An introduction to concepts central to the academic study of religion exploring various relevant methodologies. Provides a framework for understanding the many ways in which humans experience the phenomenon of the sacred through symbol, ritual, doctrine and experience in a variety of religious traditions and cultures. Students who have taken HUM 230 prior to 2007 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities Equivalent Courses: GS230 HUM230 Breadth-Humanities.
The word “religion” as used today refers to a complex and sometimes incoherent array of ideas. Not long ago many thought that religions organizations and religious views would decline as scientific knowledge and education spread, but clearly that has not been the case. The power of religion is very much present with us today. On one page of a recent Vancouver newspaper were references to the American Religious Right, the Dalai Lama, and the Canadian Council of Imams. What are we to make of the religious or spiritual elements of human life today and what language is useful to discuss it? In this course, we will focus on five of the worlds most influential religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam- by considering their basic teachings along with key texts and contemporary writings from adherents of each tradition. We will consider how these traditions give expression to religious experience and how they address such issues as the problem of suffering and evil, the role of faith, existence of free will and the ultimate goal of human life.
This course will introduce some of the challenges that religion faces in modern times and the difficulties academics face in interpreting a religious tradition. We will explore some modern theories and methods of religious studies which scholars utilize to understand various aspects of religious behaviour, and consider our own search for meaning and how that meaning is expressed. The aim of this course is to respectfully approach the various human phenomena that we call "religious” using the tools of critical thinking and to develop sensitivity to subtle levels of human meaning.
- Assignment 1 20%
- Assignment 2 20%
- Graded Discussion 25%
- Final Exam 35%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
- The Bhagavad-Gita :Krishna's Counsel in Time of War Bantam Classics, reissue edition (1991)
Publisher: Penguin Random House / Bantam BooksPlace: Canada
- THE OTHER SHORE, Revised edition (2017)
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada/ Palm Leaves PressPlace: Canada
Think World Religions Upper Saddle River, NJ , 2 edition (2012)ISBN: 9780205934430Publisher: Pearson - CanadaPlace: Don Mills, ON
- Night, Reissue edition (2006)
Publisher: Raincoast Books / MacMillan / Bantam BooksPlace: Richmond, BC
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