Course Description for Special Topics: Buddhism
Special Topics: Buddhism
Description: The content of this course will vary depending on the faculty member offering it but it will focus on the Buddhist Tradition. It will exemplify the academic approach to the study of religion which, as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, explores varied meaning-making systems in all their complexity including beliefs, practices, texts, history and social-cultural functions. Rather than approaching religions from the standpoint of a believer seeking "Spiritual Truth," this course and others in the Religious Studies major will help students gain an understanding of the origins of particular traditions, how they function, and what purposes they serve.