Philosophy of Eastern Religion

Description

This course examines Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism from a 'religion as organism' perspective: focusing on their organically intertwined histories, their capacity for adapting to their changing environments and the changing needs of the people to whom they have ministered, and the interactive roles that reason and emotion have played in their evolution as belief systems.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Impart to students knowledge of the three religions in question: their histories, doctrines and philosophies; the influence they have had on each other's histories, doctrines and philosophies, the various means by which they have dealt with the human predicament, and the light they shed on the nature of human nature.

2. Develop students' analytical, written and oral presentation skills.

Content

Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism:

  • their histories, doctrines and philosophies;
  • the influence they have had on each other's histories, doctrines and philosophies,
  • the various means by which they have dealt with the human predicament, and
  • the light they shed on the nature of human nature.

Assumed Knowledge

At least 20 units of PHIL or RELI at 1000 level, or 40 units of any other courses at any level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor Essay

Essay: Major Essay

In Term Test: Take-Home Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term