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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 202
Course Title: *Asian Philosophy and Religion
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of philosophy, religion, and belief systems of Eastern cultures, past and present. Students study the various traditional “systems of thought” from India, China, Tibet and Japan. Cross-listed as RELI 202.  Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Many good texts are available, such as the following:

A Sourcebook in Asian Philosophy
By Koller, John, & Patricia Koller ( Prentice Hall)
The Bhagavad-Gita
(Suny Press)
The Principal Upanishads
(Harper and Row)
The Rig Veda
(Penguin Books)
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Tao Te Ching
By Lao Tzu
What Is Buddha Taught
By Rahula, Walpola (Grove Press)
Buddhist Texts through the Ages
By Conze, Edward (Harper and Row)
Zen Buddhism
By Suzuki, D.T. (Doubleday)
The Tibetan Book of the Dead


Course Objectives
  • To understand Eastern philosophies and religions.
    Measurable Learning

  • Identify the various philosophies of religions of East Asia noting similarities and differences.
  • Describe and analyze the main ideas and structures of these religions and philosophies.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of these religions and philosophies.
  • Compare East Asian thought to Western philosophies and religions, noting similarities and differences.
  • Critically analyze these systems of ideas and religions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking by means of exams, research projects, essays and discussions.

    Topical Outline:
  • Vedic Indian religion
  • Yoga Sutra
  • Upanishads
  • Vedanta
  • Buddhism - Theravada
  • Mahayana
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Gandhi and Ramakrishna
  • Chinese Buddhism
  • Taoism in China
  • Confucius
  • Zen Buddhism, China and Japan
  • Shinto
  • Jainism
  • Eastern religions and philosophies

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Date: January 13, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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