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Department of Philosophy

Religious Studies Courses

As of Fall 2017, the philosophy department will administer two new courses in Religious Studies.

These are Lower-Level Liberal Studies courses, and so all Ryerson undergraduate students are eligible to enroll in them.

To find out whether these courses will be running in a given semester, see the Liberal Studies Course Offerings page.

REL100: Introduction to Religious Studies

This course is an introduction to some of the foundational readings and ideas of religious studies. What is religion? What are its origins? How is the sacred different from the profane? This course examines key figures and texts from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and philosophy in an effort to understand the complexity of religious phenomena. Some of the features of religion to be discussed are ritual, sacred space and time, spirituality, faith-community, and morality.

REL101: Introduction to World Religions

This course is a survey of the history, social and political context, beliefs, practices, and influence of the major religious traditions of the world. The course will introduce students to the religions of Indian origin (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism), the religions of Chinese origin (Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism), and the religions of Semitic origin (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). This course presupposes no religious or anti-religious perspective.