Introduction to Asian Religions
This course introduces the major religious traditions of India, China, Korea, and Japan (including Hindu, Sikh, Jaina, Buddhist, Confucian, Daoist, and Shinto traditions) as well as methodologies for the academic study of religion. Each unit focuses on a tradition’s history, beliefs, and practices, while also exploring its internal diversity. Students examine the geographic, social, and political situations of each religion through lectures, readings, film, and discussion. Readings include primary sources in translation as well as scholarly research. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to discuss and analyze the major Asian traditions.