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Asian Studies 150

Introduction to South Asia (Indian Religions)

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours Per Week: 4 hours

Prerequisites: C+ or higher in English 098

Corequisite: English 099

Texts: World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Oxtoby and Anmore. Latest Edition; Readings in Eastern Religions, Coward, Neufeldt, and Neumaier, eds. Latest Edition

Course Description:

Students will study the four major religions that originated in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The students will first be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of religion, and proceed to use several different approaches in exploring the four religions in turn. Each section will start out with an examination of the geographic, social, and political situations out of which each religion was born, including the hagiography of key figures in the religion. Next, will be a reading of key scriptures (in translation), and their relationship to traditional beliefs and practices. Each unit will close with an exploration of the modern-day manifestations of each religion, both within India and abroad.


Class Participation 10%
Assignments (including group oral project) 45%
Tests 20%
Final Examination 25%


Wayne Kreger, B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (British Columbia)

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