Heaven and hell in world religions
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS53
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
Exploring how and why religions developed, their influences on each other, and ideas of heaven and hell in five major religions.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Throughout this course we will be asking big questions, and we start by thinking about why religions exist. What makes a religion? We then look each week at one particular faith in the following order: Hinduism; Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, focussing on ideas of heaven and hell.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Briefly describe the basic tenets of the five largest religions
• Define terms such as ‘dharma’, ‘the Eight-fold path’, ‘Moksha’ and ‘Nirvana’
• Explain how Buddhists and Hindus differ in their approach to multiple births
• Compare and contrast the influences of the three so-called Abrahamic religions on their beliefs in the afterlife
• Debate on the impact of globalisation, and whether or not religion has a future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No experience is necessary other than an open and enquiring mind. A good standard of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a PowerPoint presentation with group work activities. You will be asked to discuss issues of a religious nature and we expect views and beliefs which may differ from your own to be treated with respect, ensuring the classroom is a safe and friendly environment. No one will be expected to be a spokesperson for their faith. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to ask to be put in contact with the tutor. You will be offered homework reading accompanied by questionnaire worksheets. It is not obligatory to engage with this, but it will enhance your enjoyment of the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs other than note-taking materials. A coursebook with ideas for reading and listening will be circulated on the first day. All materials, including the ppt slides will be on Google Classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see City Lit's website for more information about upcoming religious studies courses.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University, and Birkbeck College University of London. At City Lit, Vanessa offers courses and day schools on London, as well as European history from the Fall of Rome to 1800. She has published widely on the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1154), and is currently writing a book on Early English Queenship 600-1066 for Routledge. You can follow her progress via her website: https://queenshipinpreconquestengland.wordpress.com/ Vanessa’s expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine!
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.