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HUM 130 - 3 - Introduction to Religious Studies

The earliest records show that humans have always engaged in activities that we now call religion, such as worship, prayer, and rituals marking important life passages. 

Religious traditions have always asked fundamental questions, such as: What is the true meaning of life? What happens to us after death? How do we explain human suffering and injustices? The answers from each tradition vary but the questions themselves are ones with which human beings have always grappled and continue to do so today. The study of religion will help us see how religious traditions shape and transform communities and deepen our understanding of others and ourselves.


Description: An introduction to concepts central to the academic study of religion exploring various relevant methodologies. Provides a framework for understanding the many ways in which humans experience the phenomenon of the sacred through symbol, ritual, doctrine and experience in a variety of religious traditions and cultures. Students who have taken HUM 230 prior to 2007 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities Equivalent Courses: GS230 HUM230 Breadth-Humanities.


Students can enroll themselves directly in HUM 130 - C100 Introduction to Religious Studies (5737) on goSFU.