Understanding the World through Religion


Stanford Graduate School of Education

Understanding the World through Religion


Religious literacy is a gateway to understanding the world and a key to global citizenship.  In this workshop, participants will explore a diversity of religious traditions, movements, and institutions, and examine how they have shaped politics, economics, and societies across the globe both historically and in the present day.

Pedagogical focus: Discussion Moves

Participants will learn to implement discipline specific practice-based methods of instruction to facilitate text-based, whole-class, and small group rich discussion.

Two hours of post workshop pedagogical follow-up is required to earn CEU credits for this course.


Course Agenda and Directions to CERAS Building


Friday, February 7

When Where What
5:00 - 5:30 PM CERAS 308 Dinner, welcome, and orientation/introductions
5:30 - 7:30 PM CERAS 308

"African Religious Traditions, Islam and the Indigenous West African Church"

Harry Odamtten, Professor of History, University of Santa Clara

7:30 - 8:00 PM Cocktail hour (wine and light snacks)

Saturday, February 8

8:30 - 9:00 AM CERAS 308 Optional: Light breakfast and work time
9:00 - 10:30 AM CERAS 308 Pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CERAS 308

"Iran's Role in the Development of World Religions"

Abbas Milani, Director, Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

12:00 - 1:00 PM CERAS 308 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 PM CERAS 308 Pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross
2:30 - 4:30 PM CERAS 308

"India's Religious Landscape: Cooperation, Coexistence, and Conflict"

Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Sunday, February 9

9:00 - 9:30 AM CERAS 308 Optional: Light breakfast and work time
9:30 - 11:00 AM CERAS 308

"Foundations of the Confucian Tradition: Historical and Contemporary Relevance"

Nicholas Constantino, History Department, UC Berkeley

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CERAS 308 Working lunch with pedagogy session with Dr. Magdalena Gross, and closing


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

By completing this course and two hours of post workshop pedagogical follow-up, you’ll earn 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.

Participation in all three workshops equates to approximately 60 hours of professional development and districts may award 6 CEUs for individuals who complete the entire three-workshop series and receive a record of completion.

Record of Completion

When you complete each course, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your Record of Completion. This email will be sent to the address you provide in your mystanfordconnection within 3 business days of course completion.


For question about the course offering, please contact javheinz@stanford.edu.

For help enrolling or payment questions, please contact stanford-educ@lists.stanford.edu or call (650) 263-4144



$199 per person for this 3-day workshop

This workshop is part of the Global Issues, Local Impacts series, which is comprised of three, 3-day workshops.  To enroll in all three workshops for $500 or learn more about the series, please see the Global Issues, Local Impacts page.

Please note this course is offered at a reduced fee thanks to support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI and the Stanford Global Studies Division.

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