Pretty easy, overall.
Introductory religion classes are usually a comparison of the practices and values of a few different religions; however, this course took on a very new and captivating perspective. It focused instead on the way different people respond to suffering and the ways in which religion may present a healing method. This course also interacts very much with science, giving it a broad and almost secular outlook although it is a religion course.
The main topics were methods of prayer, shamanism, pilgrimage, the AIDS epidemic, the Holocaust, environmental spirituality, and contemplative practices. I learned how suffering in each of these settings was dealt with one or more religious practices. Most of the information came from interesting reads.
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Advice for students:
There were two multiple choice exams for the course and three journal response assignments. Read the articles, pay attention in class, take notes, be thoughtful, and you will do well.