HINDUISM SRS 3312
This focus of this course will be the exploration on the very broad realm of “the sacred” within Hinduism, and how such things as art, dance, music, the natural world, temples, caste, gender, and food (amongst others) are inseparable from it. We will approach Hinduism as a “religious culture” in which history, philosophy, mythology, and social practices combine to form a distinctive worldview and way of life.
The objectives of the course are twofold: 1) to provide you with an understanding of the central organizing principles of the Hindu tradition, and in particular, its cosmology and notions of the sacred; and 2) to explore how these principles are practised and experienced by Hindus in India, and, to a lesser extent, in Canada.
I am working on the assumption that most of you will have taken an introductory course in which you would have received some exposure to the Hindu tradition (e.g. World Religions). I will however devote the first full class to a general discussion of Hinduism to refresh your memories, or to provide those without a background, some of the fundamental ideas associated with the tradition. I would be happy to suggest some brief additional readings for those who feel the need to “catch up”.
REQUIRED TEXTS (available at Benjamin Books: 122 Osgoode Street, Ottawa,
Eck, Diane Darsan
Stoler-Miller The Bhagavad Gita
Coursepack available at Laurier Office Mart
Readings on Virtual Campus
EVALUATIONS & ASSIGNMENTS
The evaluations will be based on two short essays [one connected with the Bhagavad Gita; the other with Darsan], each between 3-4 pages dbl spaced, and a final exam during the exam period.
The first essay will be on some aspsect of the Bhagavad Gita and related readings and concepts. 20% Due Sept 24th.
The second essay will be on some aspect of Diana Eck’s Darsana and/or related readings and concepts. 25% Due Oct 18th
Class involvment 15% (manner to be...