May 12, 2021
CLWR 3340 - Hinduism
Explores Hindu concepts and practices through readings, films, and slide presentations. Traces the origin and development of Hinduism from its roots in Vedic ritual and the indigenous civilizations of Mohenjo Daro and Harrapa. Introduces the Upanishads (perhaps the earliest philosophical texts), the great Hindu Epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana, the Sastras (manuals on Hindu life dating from the early centuries of the current era), the Puranas (medieval compositions telling the stories of the gods), Tantra (an esoteric form of Hinduism), the artistic traditions of Hinduism, and modern Hindu political movements. Special emphasis placed on the Gandhi’s interpretation of Hindu teachings of non-violence.
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Awareness of the different ways in which the individual’s relationship with the divine is understood in Hinduism.
- Explain the moral framework of the Bhagavad Gita and different interpretations of its teachings.
- Identify the Upanishads and explain their significance.
- Identify the epics–Mahabharata and Ramayana.
- Identify the main cultural and historical sources of Hinduism.
- Identify the relationship of Hinduism to Buddhism.
- Increased capacity to express one’s ideas in clear, organized prose.
- Understanding of Gandhi’s philosophy of satyagraha (truth force).
- Understanding that Hinduism is a dynamic and changing tradition.
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