Religious Studies | HINDUISM
R358 | 10485 | Haberman, D

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. Requirements
will be two 5-page reflective essays and a 10-page final paper.