Religions of the World

Course Code: HUMA 2002

Academic Year: 2021-2022

The majority of people in the world today consider themselves to be "religious" in some way or other. This is true despite the rise of secular society in the modern world. Religion continues to play a major role in culture, in world events, and in the ways individuals live their daily lives. To have knowledge of how people understand and express themselves religiously is important for any citizen in today's society, as it fosters moral insight, global awareness and cultural sensitivity. This course will introduce students to at least five of the following traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Indigenous religion. Students will study the central beliefs, practices, teachings, people, institutions, histories, and writings of each tradition. Students will also consider more broadly the question of what it means to live "religiously" in the contemporary world. Through this study, students will examine the impact religion has on perceptions of politics, society, ethics, law, war, the economy, the environment, and the status of women. Category and Level: Arts & Humanities, Lower Level Restrictions: None