Change the way you see the world
The University of Victoria's program in Religious Studies focuses on the place and function of religions in society today and in the past.
Formal study of the world's religious traditions is an integral part of humanistic studies. Our program reflects the growing diversity of belief systems within Canada, emphasizing the need to understand differences between religions in our increasingly interconnected world.
The program introduces students to the major world religions and contemporary religious issues, providing ways of understanding religion and the opportunity to develop knowledge of specific topics in Religious Studies.
The University of Victoria's program in Religious Studies introduces students to the academic discipline of Religious Studies with a particular focus on the place and function of religions in society both today and in the past.
RS 301: Gandhi and the Ethics of Nonviolence
The course is centered upon the life and teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi. We willexamine Gandhi’s religious thought with regard to the ideals of nonviolence (ahimsā) and truth(satya), as well as his attempts to realize these principles practically in the personal, social andpolitical spheres. The final section of the course is devoted to the study of a number of religiousand political figures whose views may be fruitfully compared to those of Gandhi, including B. R.Ambedkar, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aung San SuuKyi and the Dalai Lama.