RELI 212: Introduction to Religions of Asia

RELI 212-001: Religions of Asia
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR

Innovation Hall 206

Section Information for Fall 2022

What is the nature of the self? What is really real? What is the purpose of this life and how should we live it? In this course, we explore philosophical reflections on such questions as they have evolved on the Asian continent over millennia. From ancient Vedic understandings of ritual and cosmic order to the continuously evolving nature of Asian religions in America today, we explore some of the major concepts, beliefs, and religious practices that appeared and developed in Asia across time. Focusing on the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism and Daoism, the course is divided into four broad units: understandings of the cosmos, time and the human condition, discussions about the purpose and goals of life, prescriptions of the path leading to such goals, and encounters with modernity. Taking this course will not only provide us with an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the immense and diverse bodies of knowledge produced in Asia across time, but also to reflect on our own understandings of the world and our place in it by thinking with and learning from these religious traditions.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Focuses on the traditional religions from Asia, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confusianism from historical, comparative, and cross-cultural perspectives. May also include Jainism, Sihk, Shinto, native shamanism, and others as well as modern developments after European colonialism and these traditions' growth as global religions. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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