Introduction to Religious Studies

This course introduces students to the study of religion as an important dimension of human life and culture. By looking at a variety of sources (writings, film, ritual, visual art), students will explore how religious imagination operates within particular cultural and historical contexts as to formulate, and practically engage with, the ultimate questions of human existence. Topics will include the nature and characteristics of religious texts and language; types and functions of ritual practices; religious significance of sacred space and land; the role of visual images in conveying the ultimate realities and meanings; and social, political, and cultural implications of religion and religious diversity.