Introduction

World Religions – Hinduism

Module Introduction

This module will provide students with an introduction to the religion of Hinduism. The module Learning Unit will familiarize students with Indian religious history as well as Hindu beliefs and practices. From there, students will complete the Timeline Activity, organizing important events from Indian religious history in the proper order. On this module’s Discussion Board, the student will argue for whether or not they believe that Hinduism is a religion defined by permanence or impermanence. Finally, the student will demonstrate proficiency of this Learning Unit through the module assessments.(1)

Learning Outcomes

This module aligns with Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Characterize Indian religious practice during the Vedic Age.
  • Distinguish religious practice in the Vedic and Upanishadic eras.
  • Identify the similarities and differences between the Vedas, Upanishads, and Baghavad Gita.
  • Describe essential elements related to Hindu theology (e.g. reincarnation, the soul, permanence/impermance.
  • Explain the place of the caste system within Indian society and culture.
  • Identify the function of religious practices found within Hindu tradition.
  • Describe the role and function of the gods within Hinduism. (1)

Required Reading

Learning Unit 2

Assignments and Learning Activities

  • Complete Module 2 Discussion
  • Complete Hinduism Timeline Activity
  • Complete Module 2 Quiz