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REL 105 COMPARATIVE RELIGION

REL 105 Comparative Religion

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:   REL 105 Comparative Religion

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:   3.0      Lab:   N/A            Other:   N/A

Prerequisites or Co-requisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or permission of the Divisional Chair

Concurrent Courses:   None

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the world’s great religions. In addition to learning about these religions, the student will also be exposed to methods used to study and compare religions. The student needs no prior experience in the study of religion. Through this course, students will survey and discuss: the nature of religion, the indigenous religions of Africa, the Americas, China, and Japan, and the great religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

General Education Goals: REL 105 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories:  Humanistic Perspective and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will analyze works in the field of art, music, or theater; literature; and philosophy and/or religious studies; and will gain competence in the use of a foreign language; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  REL 105 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify the main tenants and history of primal religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam;
  2. discuss the major beliefs and practices of Asian religions, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism;
  3. explain the cultural, political and economic impact each religion has on societies in which it is prevalent;
  4. identify the geographic origins, differentiate the rituals associated with, and identify the symbolism associated with each religion;
  5. employ the vocabulary of philosophical/religious discourse in all verbal and written communication designed to discuss or ask key questions regarding the comparability of religions; and
  6. read and interpret (paraphrase) well-known literary and cinematic works of religion.