What is the course about?
The course is an introduction to Jain philosophy. Jainism stands with Buddhism as a non-theistic religion. However, it believes in the concept of soul as substance, as part of a set of 6 metaphysical substances.
The goal of Jainism is permanent separation of the soul from the body i.e. liberation. Jainism was propagated by Mahavir, (599BC-527BC) - its founding principles are Right Faith, Right Conduct and Right Knowledge.
Its maxim is of non-violence, to the extent that to this day Jain nuns/monks walk barefoot and do not travel by mechanical means in the fear of causing harm to minute creatures. One of its 5 principles is one of non-acquisition and its belief in an interdependent world corresponds with modern environmental thinking.
What will we cover?
- The founding of Jainism and its history
- The current status of Jainism and it practice
- The fundamental principles of Jainism (Substance; Philosophy of Soul, Mind and Body; 3 Principles; Morality; Path to Liberation)
- Jainism and the environment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- State the historical and cultural context for the Jain movement.
- Explain the principles underpinning Jain Philosophy
- Reflect on the relation to Jainism and modern environmentalism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for those with little or no experience of the material. It will appeal to all those who would like to find out about non-theistic religion. It is anticipated that participants will come to the course with an open mind and be respectful to others of all faiths or none, even if views are very different from their own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be interactive with a chance for discussion on the Jain principles and their modern relevance. Reading will be provided to students.
Powerpoint presentations and reading will be provided. Access to Google classroom for follow on study/references.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Writing paper and a pen!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Visit www.citylit.ac.uk to see the full range of religious studies courses on offer.