2017 Seminar on Humanities(Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society)5

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Humanities and social science courses
Yumiyama Tatsuya 
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Course description and aims

The aim of this course is to help students acquire an understanding of the basic concepts and principles of religious studies and their topics, especially, new religions, cults, religious violence and spirituality. Therefore, students will read textbooks on modern religions, have discussions and conduct fieldwork.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Obtain basic knowledge about contemporary religions and their function in society.
2) Explain spiritual culture..
3) Express their views on religion.


modern religions, spirituality, new religion, religious violence

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

We will have a seminar 9/10 periods every Thursday. Student will read a textbook on the sociology of religion, religious narratives and biography. And they will have discussions on the week's subject. Fieldwork is also to be conducted in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 If you are interested in attending this class, please notify us by e-mail no later than April 10, 2017. You have to attend the first class on April 13.


From reference books, students select and determine which book will be read.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class attendance and attitude in class.

Related courses

  • LAH.H106 : Religion A
  • LAH.H206 : Religion B
  • LAH.H306 : Religion C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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