The religious traditions of the world represent a category of life most of us take for granted. We are used to being bombarded with news fragments about events related to the major world religions, and tend to assume that we understand what we read or hear. Yet few of us have taken the time to truly study the religious traditions that have an impact on the events of our time. In this course, the student will be introduced to six of the largest ‘living’ religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and the religious traditions of China (Daoism/Confucianism). Where possible we will make use of documentary films to highlight core ideas and practices and establish cross-connections to recent events.