Introduction to World Religions
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:50
Cramer Hall 183
Dr. Jennifer Schuberth
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:45-10:30 and by appointment
This class will introduce students to a number of religious traditions in their classical
formulations and their contemporary practices. Students will also explore the academic study of
religion, considering how various disciplines approach the myths, stories, symbols, rituals, ideas,
and ethical practices of these religions. This introduction will provide students a framework
within which to reflect on their own experiences, as well as prepare them for further academic
study in both the humanities and social sciences. Traditions include: Hinduism, Buddhism,
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
By the end of the course, students will be able to describe several religious traditions and employ
key concepts in the study of religion. Students who successfully complete this class will gain an
understanding about the diversity and commonalities of religious life in various cultures and
historical periods, as well as how and why people construct their religious worlds through myth,
ritual, symbols, and beliefs.
We will discuss assigned readings as a class and in small groups, as well as engage in classroom
activities related to the material. I will also offer lectures introducing various traditions and
concepts that will supplement the readings.
I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religions from the University of Chicago; my research and
teaching interests include medieval mysticism, history of religions, psychoanalysis, philosophy
of religions, and gender theory.
(All assignments are on Blackboard)
I. Reading Guides: (not graded, not collected)
For each reading, a
will be available on Blackboard that is meant to help
you focus on the main ideas that will be discussed in class and that will appear on
quizzes. Please print out and bring to every class to use during small group and class