Fall 2022 - HUM 130 OL01

Introduction to Religious Studies (3)

Class Number: 6224

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

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HUM 130: ‘Introduction to Religious Studies’, is both an introduction to the methods involved in the study of religion, and a survey of the world’s major religious traditions. Through readings, group discussion and writing assignments we will explore the varieties of religious life. This course provides a framework for understanding and entering into the many ways in which human beings experience the Holy through story, practice, symbol, ritual and doctrine. It is also an exploration into the ways that religion breaks into the everyday world of society and politics. Starting with a history of the concepts and methods used in the study of religion we will define and problematize the term ‘religion.’ 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, science, gender, feminism, politics and the environment. We will also speculate on the future of religion in a complex and changing world.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

  • Define and problematize the terms religion and spirituality.
  • Become familiar with the core methods employed in the study of religion.
  • Become proficient in key concepts in the study of religions.
  • Increase awareness of the world’s diverse religious traditions.
  • Cultivate the ability to engage and understand the perspectives of various religious traditions on their own terms.
  • Develop critical reading, critical thinking, facilitation and writing skills.

Grading

  • Religious Literacy Quizzes 30%
  • Reflective Final Essay 30%
  • Weekly Critical Reading Reflections 20%
  • Roundtable Discussions 20%

NOTES:

This course counts towards a ceritifcate in Religious Studies

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Esposito, John L., Darrell J. Fasching, and Todd T. Lewis, World Religions Today. Seventh Edition (Oxford University Press, 2022). Digital can be purchased at vitalsource.com


Registrar Notes:

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