2018 Religion A

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Yumiyama Tatsuya 
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Course description and aims

This course deals with the basic concepts and principles of religious studies. Emphasis is placed on religious function in contemporary society. Topics include (1) religious values, (2) cult troubles and (3) religion and spiritual journey.

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 religious possibilities and dangers.
3) Express their views of religion.


Religion, cult, spirituality

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students must respond to the question from a teacher through the discussions or short reports. And they should reach the same degree of understanding as they exchange their points of view.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction
Class 2 What is religion ? (1) Write a short report on your views of religion.
Class 3 What is religion ? (1)
Class 4 Religion and cult (1)
Class 5 Religion and cult (2) Discuss difference between religion and cult.
Class 6 Religion and cult (3) Report the content of the last week's discussion.
Class 7 Religion and spiritual journey (1) Discuss your "individuality," watching a film dealing with difference between religious and secular identity.
Class 8 Conclusion Religion and spiritual journey (2) Report the content of the last week's discussion.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Discussion: 35%, Short report: 35%, Quiz: 30%

Related courses

  • LAH.H205 : History B
  • LAH.H306 : Religion C

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

No prerequisites.

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