rel133 | undergraduate

World Religious Traditions I

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This course offers a survey of the major historical developments, structural cosmology, symbolic interpretation, and values of the Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Shinto traditions.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Hinduism and Jainism

    • Compare and contrast the commonalities and differences of 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.


    • 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.

    The Nature of Religion

    • 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.
    • Describe the characteristics and issues related to indigenous religions.
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