About REL 020 B

Comparison of diverse practices and beliefs from selected religious traditions and cultures.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

This course uses three “case study” religions to explore the questions of “What is religion?” and how can we begin to compare religions? We’ll look at stories, rituals, beliefs, and social roles from Buddhism, Islam, and Native American religions, using the theories of scholars of religion. We’ll explore how religion can be intensely personal, involving visions and experiences that change a person, and change the course of history. We’ll grapple with the ways religions shape our understanding of what it means to be good or evil, and what it means to be a human, or a god, or an animal, and what happens to us after we die. We will work together to explore the diversity we find within religious traditions, reflecting complicated relationships between religion and culture, demonstrating that religion, far from being a fixed object that we can pin down, is fluid over time and across the globe.

Section Expectation

This is an in-person course that will include classroom lectures and discussion, including small group discussions and include an online component for homework on Blackboard.


Your work will be assessed through participation in class and/or online, short online homework posts (reading responses), several in-class quizzes, a very limited research project carried out with a group but assessed individually, and a take-home, open-book, cumulative final exam.

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L403 (View Campus Map)


to on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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