ASIAN 220 - Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will introduce students to some of the major religious traditions of Asia that have existed from ancient times to the present. We shall consider representative material drawn especially from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Shinto, and various other religions. Readings will consist largely of primary materials translated into English. The main focus of the course will be to highlight the central ideas and to ask how these ideas contribute to their respective world-view and ethical outlook of these religious traditions. While also emphasizing major themes such as ritual, death, worship, violence, and the role of religion in modernity, the course will try to highlight the ways in which Asian ideas simultaneously adapt to and yet resist the currents of colonialism, globalization, and capitalism. ASIAN 220 will give you the tools to think critically about the diversity of religious traditions, ideas and practices that exist in Asia, and to consider the difficulties attendant to upon the study of religion in general and Asian religions in particular.

There are three hours of lectures and one discussion per week. There are no prerequisites for the course. Course requirements include completion of reading assignments and active participation in lectures and discussion (10%), two quizzes (30% each) and one final essay (7-10 pages). At the end of each class students are required to submit a 3x5 card with either a question that you would have liked to ask, or a comment on the most interesting thing (or unclear point) made that day. The first quiz will be held in mid-February and the second quiz will be held at the end of March. The final essay will due in the second week of April. No extensions will be given and no late work will be accepted.

ASIAN 220 - Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
19815
Open
47
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
19817
Open
6
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
19818
Open
3
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
19819
Open
5
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
19820
Open
6
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
19821
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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