This course provides an introduction to religion, exploring the various ways that this phenomenon has been understood, approached, practiced, and studied across human history. The course will examine the different ways that religion can be defined, drawing from a variety of humanities and other disciplines. Foundational theories explaining the origins, persistence, and continued relevance of religion will be compared and applied to different traditions. Topics include concepts of divinity, rituals, myth, mysticism and spirituality, pilgrimage, death and the afterlife, and ultimate reality.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): RS 505
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Only listed colleges in section: Liberal Arts
Additional Course Details:
Please note that one can register for this course through Humanities (HUMA) or Religious Studies (RS). There are seats set aside for both programs. If the HUMA seats are full, register through RS, and vice versa. It has the same Discovery credit.
What is religion?
Why do people believe?
How can we understand it?