Introduction to Hinduism

REL-B 220 — Fall 2022

Instructor
Rebecca Manring
Days and Times
TR 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Description

“Hinduism” is the umbrella term for the vast and multifaceted traditions of at least 80% of the people of India, and nearly 20% of all humans on earth. In this course we can only begin to wrap our minds around Hinduism’s richness and diversity. Our goal is to gain a basic understanding of this religious tradition, to expand our own ideas of what it means to be human, and to broaden our understanding of what “religion” is. We'll center on Valmiki's epic, the Ramayana, as explore the tensions between different strands of Hinduism: renunciation and desire, form and formlessness, duty and freedom, just to name a few. The result will be a greater appreciation of Hinduism, religion, and what it means to be human.

Credits: GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, CASE GCC