Religious Studies | Religions of the East
R153 | 11502 | Karapanagiotis

Above course meets A&H, CSA distribution

This course is designed as an introduction to the major religious
traditions of Asia, with special attention to Hinduism and Buddhism
in India and to Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism in China.  During
the course of the semester, we will investigate textual sources in
order to uncover the specific world views, notions of freedom and
bondage, and conceptions of the self/human nature within each
tradition, and will also examine the practices that followers of
these traditions perform in striving toward their religious goals.
Finally, we will explore two so-called “western” traditions in Asia
(Christianity and Islam) and two “eastern” religions in America
(Hinduism and Buddhism), in order to consider the ways in which the
very category of “eastern” vs. “western” religion might itself be
challenged.  Course materials will be presented through primary and
secondary texts, lectures, and discussions as well as through films
and slide shows.