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TREL-6100: Great World Religions

The historical origins, central teachings, and devotional practices of the major religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—are considered in relation to common themes of human experience: the holy or sacred, evil and suffering, love and compassion, wisdom and justice, death and deliverance.

Interpretive skills appropriate to religious studies will be explored through opportunities to write and revise descriptive and critical essays.

The goals of the course are to impart understanding of the essential doctrines and institutions of the world’s religions, stressing their founding and normative principles; to identify similarities and differences of thought and practice among the traditions; and to clarify and articulate one’s own religious attitudes and orientations in the context of comparative study.

Credit value: 3 (US standard) | 5 (ECTS standard)
Indicative duration (full time): 2-3 weeks
Indicative duration (part time): 4-6 week
Certificate: Yes
This course is based on standard EUCLID methodology. Students may refer to the following resources:

Academic Guidelines (HQ version)
Academic Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
Student Orientation Guidelines (most recent version even if unofficial)
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • discuss the origins of religion from an anthropological perspective
  • discuss the religions of ancient India and their historical development
  • discuss ancient and now defunct religions (ancient Egypt, Greece, etc)
  • discuss the historical and theological trajectory of Judaism
  • discuss the historical and theological trajectory of Christianity
  • discuss the historical and theological trajectory of Islam
  • discuss contemporary developments in world religions.
  • Guthrie_Anthropological_Theories_of_Religion_Martin_Cambridge.pdf
  • Pew Report ProjectionsFullReport.pdf
  • UNESCO Book – WR Contemporary Culture.pdf
  • Comparative Religion Transcript
  • world_religions_text_book.pdf

Course Instructor:

This is course is supervised by a primary instructor/faculty member and may also be served by a backup instructor.

The International Faculty Coordinator will confirm the assignment. Do not contact any instructor prior to LMS enrollment with faculty assignment confirmed.