World Religions in Historical Perspective (HIST*2070) | College of Arts

World Religions in Historical Perspective (HIST*2070)

Code and section: HIST*2070*DE

Term: Summer 2016

Instructor: Ted Smith


This course introduces students to the comparative study of religion in history and the interaction of religion with general social and cultural traits over time. A focus on the cultural roots of specific traditions and religion as a metaphor will account for the spread of these diverse traditions across social and national boundaries. This course will consider eastern religions, primal religions, 'People of the Book' (Judaism, Christianity and Islam considered together), and the 'New Religious Movements' (a category considering religions and para-religions produced by modernity).

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.