Introduction to Hindu Texts, History, and Philosophy

Introduction to Hinduism: History, Text, Philosophy

This course provides a broad survey of Hinduism, covering its key texts, history, and philosophies. We created this course to give you an understanding of the nature and scope of Hindu texts and religious traditions.

With this single course you gain an overarching idea of what Hinduism is and how it was formed. The big idea we explore here is ‘Hindu dharma’. This helps us understand Hindu identity, both traditionally and in the modern world. This course explains Hindu beliefs and values and encourages you to consider the significance of these ideas to modern life.

What does it mean to be a Hindu? How has Hinduism formed historically and how does it deal with modernity? We look at Hindu sources of authority – specifically the vast philosophical and textual traditions.

The course consists of seven sessions delivered on a weekly basis by our highly experienced and professional team of tutors. If you’d like to see what each of the seven sessions is about, then please continue reading below for more information.

Start Date: 17 July 2022

Course Duration: Seven Weeks

Optional Assessment: Essay

Tutor: Gitte Poulsen

Course Creator: Dr Nick Sutton

122 pages

6hr 50min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): History of Hinduism, Sacred Texts, Understanding Hinduism