Religious Studies | Introduction to Hinduism
B220 | 13057 | A. Hirschtick

Approximately one out of every five people on our diverse planet identifies 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.