Spring 2020 - HUM 130 D900

Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

Class Number: 5406

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SRYC 5100, Surrey



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.


HUM 130: ‘Introduction to Religious Studies’, is both an introduction to the study of religion, and a survey of the world’s major religious and spiritual traditions. Through readings, discussion and engaged activities such as field visits, we will explore the varieties of religious life, in addition to the various methodologies used to study religion. This course provides a framework for understanding and entering into the many ways in which human beings experience the sacred through story, practice, symbol, ritual and doctrine. Starting with a history of the concepts and methods used in the study of religion we will define and problematize the term. Then we will move into a survey of the major traditions of the world. We will conclude the course with broader conversations about the relationship between religion and science, morality, politics and the environment, and the future of religion in a changing world.


  • In class Midterms X 3 30%
  • Religious Engagement Field Reports X 2 30%
  • New Religious Movements Tutorial Presentation 10%
  • New Religious Movements Write Up 15%
  • Reflective Final Exam 15%



Hillary P. Rodrigues and John S. Harding. 2008. Introduction to the Study of Religion.
ISBN: 978-0415408899

Esposito, John L., Todd Lewis, Darrell J. Fasching and Paul Bowlby. 2009. World Religions Today. (Canadian Edition)
ISBN: 978-0195427837

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