HUMN129 Eastern Religions

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN129 Eastern Religions
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students examine the religions of the East, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism and Shamanism. Areas of focus include historical development, cultural background, and institutional development.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the different religions of the East;
    2. compare and contrast the different religions of the East in terms of their core beliefs, mythologies, attitudes towards the afterlife, concepts of divinity, roles of women and men, and the nature of the priesthood; and
    3. examine how the religions of the East evolved and emerged out of one another and influenced one another over the centuries.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. introduction to the issues within Eastern Religions
    2. examination of the various religions that developed in the East
    3. examination of Eastern Religions as they prevail in the modern world
    4. examination of some of the ways in which Eastern Religions relate to Western Religions
    5. summation and course review
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students are assessed through in-class exams, written assignments, and a final paper. Discussions are optional.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 02/02/2011; New Core 8/2015