This class was tough.
I would very much recommend this course. The professor is remarkably nice, supportive and willing to give helpful feedback, in and out of class. The course itself is taught as a seminar, which helps one's public speaking, writing, and academic discussion skills overall, which for me has proven invaluable in my later undergraduate courses.
The main highlights of this course are to learn about Eastern philosophical thought, which includes that of Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Shintoism among some other variants. Aside from the philosophical underpinnings of these traditions, the course integrates applied environmental ethics and perspectival relations to nature, which overall do tend to play a significant role in Eastern thought. Some attention is also paid to varying and diverse religious practices which arise from the thought itself, and this helps to bring in cultural dimensions to the contexts of traditions and their texts.
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In order to do well in this course, students have to become well-accustomed to speed-reading texts, participating in class discussions, and writing short analytical essays every few weeks. Students should give the writing in particular extra effort, because their grades revolve around this substantially, even though participation also plays a role. This course is different from many others in that it does not involve any tests or quizzes, so again, good analytical essay writing is key to success in taking Eastern Religions.