rel133 | undergraduate
World Religious Traditions I
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The Nature of Religion
- Describe the characteristics and issues related to indigenous religions.
- Explain the key characteristics of religion.
- Describe the difference between the academic study of religion and devotional practice.
- Describe commonalities across various world religions and critical issues in the study of religion.
Hinduism and Jainism
- Summarize the history of Hinduism and the importance and role of the sacred texts.
- Explain the rituals, symbols, holy days, and core beliefs in Hinduism.
- Compare and contrast the commonalities and differences of Hinduism and Jainism.
- Summarize the history of Buddhism and the life of the Buddha.
- Compare the various branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Zen.
- Explain the basic teachings of Buddhism.
Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto
- Describe the basic origins and teachings in Daoism.
- Identify the teachings of Confucius about relationships and an ideal society.
- Explain the origins and rituals of Shinto and its role in Japanese society today.
Religion in the Modern World
- Identify contemporary challenges Eastern religions face today, such as the rise of critical and scientific methodologies.
- Compare the roles of women in traditions, both historically and today.
- Describe the common characteristics of Eastern religions.
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