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RELS 304/HUMA 304: Indian and Oriental Religions

Course Description

  • "Beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Tao, and Shinto with particular attention to their philosophical presuppositions."
  • This course will be divided into units on each of the following: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Hinayana Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
  • Students will be expected to learn basic facts regarding the history and literature of each of these religions. Readings will be divided between readings about the religions (i.e. Noss) and readings in the sacred literature of the religions.
  • Philosophical presuppositions such as doctrine concerning: the cosmos, Deity, man, man's plight, salvation, conduct, destiny, freedom, and evil will receive particular attention.
  • Students will not be graded on their attitude toward or acceptance of the various religions and teachings. They will be graded on their exhibited knowledge of the respective religions and their skill in comparing, contrasting and evaluating doctrines and dogmas of the religions from the standpoint of various world hypotheses.
  • Students will be expected to develop a short term paper or project dealing with a problem within one or more of the Indian and Oriental Religions.

Class Handouts





Final Exam Time

  • Wednesday December 10th, 2008
  • 8AM - 10AM

Religions Covered

  • Hinduism
  • Jainism
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism
  • Confucianism
  • Tao
  • Shinto