Spring 2020 - HUM 130 C900
Introduction to Religious Studies (3)
Class Number: 5404
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Feb 25, 2020
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
Apr 16, 2020
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
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.
- Online Quizzes 15%
- Religious Organization Report 20%
- Online Discussion 20%
- Reflection Paper 20%
- Final 25%
The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War Bantam Classics, reissue edition (1991) Author: Miller, Barbara Stoler Miller Publisher: Penguin Random House / Bantam Books
Think World Religions Upper Saddle River, NJ , 2 edition (2013) or later OK Author: Robson, Roy R. Publisher: Pearson
THE OTHER SHORE, Revised edition (2017) Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada/ Palm Leaves Press
Night, Reissue edition (2006) Author: Wiesel, Ellie Publisher: Raincoast Books / MacMillan / Bantam Books
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