• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Indicative Assessment

1. Mid term exam (35%)
2. Final exam (35%)
3. In class assignments (30%)

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Prescribed Texts

Reading materials will be available on the course Wattle page.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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