The Religions of India: Gods, Goddesses and the Sacred

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Religions of India: Gods, Goddesses and the Sacred

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 RELI pts or 40 pts from the BA Schedule

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will investigate the religious traditions of India, particularly Hinduism but with reference to Buddhism and Jainism, maintaining a strong emphasis on contemporary India against a backdrop of history. We will analyse the complexity of religious practices, myth, and doctrines of India, using the scholarly methods of religious studies. 100% internal assessment.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate knowledge of the content of Indian religious traditions, important for developing ?religious literacy? in our globalising world.
    2. communicate interpretations of primary data ? historical, textual, ethnographic, etc. ? that
    demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity towards, complex religious contexts and traditions.
    3. evaluate scholarly arguments about Indian religions, advancing a critical, independent perspective.
    4. demonstrate skills in research and in the presentation of findings.

    Essays- 60%
    Tutorial Assignments- 15%
    In-class test- 25%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.