- Course Number:
- R 201
- Course Title:
- Asian Religions
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Course DescriptionExplores the religions of Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Includes readings of sacred texts and scholarly literature. Focuses on the founders and history, myths and doctrines, rituals and traditions, and social and personal ethics for each tradition. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Students will do some or all of the following:
• Gain and express general knowledge of each of the Asian religions covered.
• Develop skills in comprehending religious beliefs and practices.
• Acquire language and perspective to discuss religious practices and beliefs with practitioners of that religion.
• Acquire language and perspective to engage in dialogue about the role of religion in political and cultural settings.
• Recognize their own attitudes toward individual religions and religion in general.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Examine the history and development of the religions of Asia, including their myths and doctrines, and personal and social ethics, as well as their interactions with each other and the surrounding cultures.
Recognize and reflect on the impact of religion in relation to world events and cultures.
Appreciate models of religious practice which allow simultaneous participation in multiple religious traditions.
Participate in a pluralistic society and a world whose population is increasingly Asian with an understanding of the variety of religious beliefs practiced by that population.
Interact appropriately with practitioners of Asian religions.
Course Activities and Design
The course may include lectures, audio?visual presentations, student presentations, large and small group discussions, guest lecturers, field trips and/or service learning activities.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies will include some of the following:
• Essays in the form of in?class exams, short papers or term papers
• Student presentations on research, including site visits to religious settings
• Short?answer or multiple choice exams
• Group and individual projects, written or multi?media
• Participation in classroom discussion and activities, including field trips
• Portfolios and/or journals
• Service Learning projects
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
The course will focus on exploring the following topics and issues as an introduction to Asian religions.
• The genesis and historical development of the religion, including its geographical reach.
• The major doctrines and myths of the religion, including major teachers and sacred texts.
• The rituals and traditions of the religion.
• The social and personal ethical tenets of the religion.
• The interactions between the various religions historically and today.