Faith and the senses: ritual and world religions
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS40
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Using a mixture of museum objects and on-line resources, the course will see how rituals, worship and festivals in
many contemporary faiths stimulate the various senses as a way of engaging its followers. We will look at how
some aspects of faiths stimulate particular senses whilst other rituals and celebrations engage multiple senses.
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?
Aspects of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and Sikhism.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify 7 objects associated with different faiths and cultures and have an awareness of at least three different religions and how they engage the various senses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners with no prior knowledge of different faiths and may or may not ascribe to a
religious belief themselves. It is also aimed at participants who may have some knowledge of different faiths but
want a better cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of different religious practices.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will take the form a presentation, questions and answers, and quiz with the use of break out rooms for smaller group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
If you have a personal object associated with a faith and stimulating one or more of the senses (touch, taste, sound,
smell, visual or even contemplative,) please bring along to discuss how it is used and/or what it means to you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in HRS41 Art and objects in Asian faiths: an intercultural tour, by the same tutor. Please see City Lit's website for full details of upcoming courses in religion and belief.