Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Course content: This course involves approximately 16 One-Hour sessions delivered in one quarter. These sessions will cover a variety of topics and themes, such as: 

  1. Hindu History – How ancient is Hinduism really? 
  2. The Ramayana – Historical Figure or Mythical Hero 
  3. The Mahabharata – Did the Kurukshetra war actually happen?
  4. The Spread of Hindu thought and ideas around the world
  5. Hindu conception of Divinity – Understanding Gods and Goddesses
  6. Hindu conception of Divinity – Consciousness, and Matter 
  7. Hindu symbolism – Representing the Divine
  8. Hindu conception of Divinity – Male and Female divinities
  9. Hindu Sampradaya and Parampara – Rishi, Guru, Yogi, Acharya 
  10. Hindu Cosmology, Astronomy, Calendar – Jyotisha 
  11. Hindu accomplishments and contributions to the world 
  12. The Hindu worldview and lifestyle – the emphasis on spirituality 
  13. The Hindu Social System – Varna, Jati and the so-called Caste system 
  14. Women in Hindu Society – Breaking some myths
  15. Invasions, Colonization, and India’s Freedom Struggle 
  16. Hindu Life today – Being happy, healthy, organic and responsible

Learning Objectives: 

In this course students will be able to: 

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of Hinduism
  2. Discover the various ways in which Hindus conceptualize and relate to the Divine
  3. Examine the wisdom of ancient Hindu traditions in the light of contemporary life
  4. Revisit and Clarify certain pervasive myths that are prevalent regarding Hinduism 
  5. Recognize the place of Hinduism in the world and its contribution to humanity
  6. Discover new conversational spaces within the family unexplored so far 
  7. Learn to describe and talk about Hindu ideas and thought with others 

This course can be taken as the inaugural course of a whole series titled “Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, or as a stand-alone course. It can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents. Alternatively, parents who have teens may also benefit from this course. 

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Faculty/Instructor: Dr. D.K. Hema HariDr. D. K. Hari

Quarter Offered: Summer 2020

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Start Date: 8 July 2020

End Date: 15 August 2020

Day: Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Time: 9.30 pm – 10:30 pm – EST

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