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Comparative Religions
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course will introduce the main tenets of seven world faiths: Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The lecture-seminars will focus on both the philosophical beliefs and ritual practices from within each of the religious traditions. This will provide a context from which we can begin to examine not only different ‘ways of world makings’ but also the complexity of the political present.

Students will be encouraged to question what it means to ‘study’ religion (in distinction to practicing religion) and the course will be designed so as to facilitate a comparative study across the different religious traditions. This comparative methodology will involve the study of how the different traditions approach scripture and revelation; the human condition and transcendent reality; gender and the body; image-making and metaphor.
Anti-requisite: Students who have previously taken HUMN 3B93: Special Topic in Humanities: Comparative Religions may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated June 12, 2009 - 11:34 AM