Topics in Comparative Religions [CRN 17869]

Discipline: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Instructor: Stephenson Diaz
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1710
End: 1830
Field Work: Day 4 | January 24, 2022 | Israel
Prerequisites: One (1) lower-division philosophy or religion course Download Syllabus

The study of world religions allows us to understand the traditions and world views of cultures and societies different from our own. This course is designed for students who have already begun to study the religions of the world and are ready to delve more deeply into the complexities of religious thought and values. The main texts for the course are God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter and World Religions in Dialogue: A Comparative Theological Approach. We will explore five of the major world religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course is divided into three modules. In the first, student teams will present and lead a discussion on one of these five religions. In the second module using the text, assigned articles and primary sources, we will study each tradition from the perspective of an “insider” and someone from outside each tradition. The final module will use case studies as a basis for students to apply what they have learned to “real life” contemporary events.

Field Work

Country: Israel
Day: 4
Date: January 24, 2022