Introduction to Religions (Asian Traditions) is a historical and topical survey of the major indigenous religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto.
In this course, we will examine the concept of religion and some examples of the phenomenon of religion from Asia in order to understand the doctrines and practices of Asian traditions and the existential needs that religious behaviour meets. The focus will be on the historical developments of these traditions and the fundamental issues and concerns of their theologies and philosophies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Identify the main doctrines and practices of the indigenous religious traditions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Shinto.
2. Critically analyse doctrines in a cross-cultural context.
3. Understand the respective histories of the traditions we study in this course and gain enhanced understanding of how they influence thought and practice.
4. Better understand the role of religion in contemporary global affairs and how it influences the lives of adherents and the decisions of political leaders.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9639||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|