RELI 100: The Human Religious Experience

RELI 100-006: Human Relig Experience
(Spring 2024)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Planetary Hall 120

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Section Information for Spring 2024

The study of religions and the ways that they are practiced has fascinated
students in all walks of life for as far back as you might care to look — people
who are interested in people tend also to be interested in how they think, and in
what ways they express their beliefs. If it sounds like religion, society, and culture
are closely intertwined, then you’re hearing me correctly.
 The course will begin with an explanation of some basic concepts in the study
of religion — the types of questions that we can ask that are both respectful to the
religion being studied and useful in understanding the religion. We will then focus
on the origins, beliefs, and practices of seven major world religions: Hinduism,
Buddhism, Confucism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the
different cultural contexts in which they are practiced. Along the way, we will
encounter a few other religions, but most of our time will be spent with those
seven. Lectures, assignments, and exams (yes, exams!) are designed to help us all
make connections across religions, and we’ll each gain a larger understanding of
the historical, geographical, and cultural dimensions of the world’s religions

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines main forms of religious expression as embodied in several important religious traditions in contemporary world. Investigates religious experience; myth and ritual; teachings and scripture; ethical, social, and artistic aspects of religion; and nature and function of religion in human society. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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