The study of world religions allows us to understand the traditions and world views of cultures and societies different from our own. The course will begin with an exploration of what religion is: how it is formed and studied. Students will be expected to respect cultural differences and the religious traditions and experiences of others. The course will look at major religious traditions. These will include Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese Religion – Taoism and Confucianism. Each of these will be looked at in light of their history, world view, understanding of the human condition, understanding of life and death, institutions and rituals, ethical expression and modern practice. A text will be used in this course along with English language translations of select primary source readings and articles. Other media including documentaries, art, music and literature will also be used to enhance the student’s understanding of these religions.
Field WorkCountry: Malta
Date: February 10, 2022