|Certificates: International Relations, South Asia Studies|
Through fiction, autobiography, biography, art, a comic book, a city, and a village, this course explores some of the myriad understandings of what it is to be Hindu. In an effort to introduce students to Hindu culture and religion, a number of approaches shall engage the questions, What is Hindu dharma? and What is it to be Hindu? The class will also investigate the issue of "Hinduism," a term created in the 19th century to identify a Hindu "religion" rejected by many 21st-century Hindus. This issue expresses just one of many arising from the Indian experience of contact with the West. Overall, the course immerses students in the lives of Hindu individuals and communities so that we, as a class, can draw our conclusions about Hindu practices and meanings in different political, mythic, social, and cultural contexts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SAST-MN)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
UR Ananthamurthy, SAMSKARA (0195610792)
Barbara Stoler Miller, trans., THE BHAGAVAD GITA (0553213652)
Mohandas Gandhi, MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH (0807059099)
Julius Lipner, HINDUS: THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES (2nd edition, 041546770)
RAMA (Amar Chitra Katha) (8175080981)
Valmiki, RAMA THE STEADFAST, John Brockington and Mary Brocking, trans. (014044744X)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory. Three short papers, one research paper, and a map quiz.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for Religion Department majors. This course also counts toward the South Asia Studies Certificate as both historical inquiry and contemporary society & practice. It serves also as a gateway course.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: ALLB304; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 3|
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