Religious Studies | Hinduism
R358 | 3886 | Haberman
R358 Hinduism (Haberman) Culture Studies Credit (3 Cr.) MW 9:30-10:45 GL
Approximately one out of every five people on our diverse planet identify
themselves as Hindus.
This course is a historical survey of the major movements within the Hindu
religious tradition. While tracing the history we will explore the
creative tension between the ascetic's quest for freedom and the
householder's search for enjoyment. This provides an opportunity to
examine such religious issues as differing views of the self, the nature
of the world and the ultimate goal of life. We'll examine the classical
texts of the Hindu traditions, such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and
Gitagovinda, and also view films and slides to gain access to the rich
visual dimension of contemporary Hindu culture. The requirements will be
two 5-page reflective essays and a 10-page final paper.