Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
2103004182009FAR-EASTERN RELIGIONSElective484
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Complemental to the instruction of religions of the Near East within the “History of Religions” lecture series, this course aims to contribute to students’ personal development and to enable them to be acquainted with the distinctive beliefs and traditions of visitors of Turkey, who are adherents of different religions and cultures, by examining extant Far Eastern religions. Comparing rather than contrasting the religions of these two distant geographies of the globe will lay a foundation for a critically important intellectual build-up intended for one of the essential goals of the Department of Tourist Guiding: “becoming a universal person”
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Serap ÖZDÖL
Learning Outcomes
1Acquaintance with and developing the habit of following the essential as well as current publications and websites about the content
2Ability to convey what is learned about the relevant religious traditions expeditiously and efficiently; through essential, recent, and plausible interpretations; both orally and in writing; and to compare them with religions of the Near East
3Understanding the likenesses rather than differences between religions of the Far and Near East, two distant geographies of the globe
4Adoption of a considerably broader perspective by comprehending the similarities between the essentials of Far Eastern religions and those of Mevlevism and the Sufi tradition—namely, between other and own, and ability to acquaint visitors adequately with Anatolian cultures
5Ability to contemplate, question, discuss, exchange ideas, present scientific approaches and interpretations concerning the basic issues within the course content, and to adjust such knowledge to prospective careers
6Knowing properly the features and respecting the fundamentals of different religious traditions of the past and present, focusing on the common ground of rather than the differences between religions and to actualize this point of view both in personal relationships and for guests met in professional life
7Ability to analyze the reasons of the Far East’s—particularly of India and China’s—being a geography that has been home to several extant and extinct religions, and to evaluate this cultural richness comparatively with the life and culture of Turkey’s geography
8Grasp of and ability to convey the historical development, fundamentals, denominations, and principles of faith and worship of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Confucianism through various publications and archaeological artifacts; and therefore to establish a relatively more deliberate communication with Far Eastern visitors
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
The content of this course consists of the basic terminologies, historical developments, fundamentals, denominations, principles of faith, and practices of worship of living Far Eastern religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Confucianism; and of the comparative evaluation of the above-mentioned elements with those of Near Eastern religions.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1An overview of religions of the Far EastRefreshing memory of the perspective of the Near East and brief introduction to religions of the Far East
2Indian religions and Hinduism: basic termsInstruction, question-asking, discussion, exchange of ideas, and presentation of plausible as well as scientific approaches and interpretations
3Fundamentals and historical development of Hinduism
4Foundations of Hinduism
5Hinduism today and its denominations
6Buddhism: basic terms
7Fundamentals and historical development of Buddhism
8Midterm examination
9Foundations of Buddhism
10Buddhism today and its denominations
11Jainism: basic terms and historical development
12Foundations of Jainism
13Sikhism: basic terms, historical development, and fundamentals
14Chinese religions and Confucianism
15Chinese religions and Taoism
16Final examination
Recommended or Required Reading
1Mircae Eliade, Dinsel İnançlar ve Düşünceler Tarihi (III cilt), Kabalcı Yayınevi, İstanbul, 2000. 2.Şinasi Gündüz (edt.), Yaşayan Dünya Dinleri, Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Yayınları, Ankara, 2007. 3.Şinasi Gündüz, Din ve İnanç Sözlüğü, Vadi Yayınları, Ankara, 1998. 4.Felicien Challaye, Dinler Tarihi, Varlık Yayınları, İstanbul, 1998. 5.Mary Pat Fisher, Living Religions, Prentice Hall, 2005.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures10220
Discussion6212
Brain Storming5210
Self Study10330
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Reading5210
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
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