REL2300

World Religions

Course Code: REL2300

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020

 

Course Description:
An introduction to the study of major religions of the world and the historical framework and philosophies within which they developed. Attention will be given to their origins, nature, classic beliefs, and practices. Among the religions to be considered are Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.

Course Details

Prerequisites:

Acceptable placement scores in reading of a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in REA 0017

Instructors:

Richard L. Elligson, Ph.D.
rlelligson@baptistcollege.edu

 

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

Brodd, Jeffrey, et.al. Invitation to World Religions. 3rd ed. Boston: Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780190690816

 

Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

 

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Examine the philosophies of these religions.

Extend an understanding of the cultural and historical meaning of these religions.

Compare and examine the influences of these religions in our world today.

Examine these religions as they exist today.

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

Quizzes, Reports/Presentations, Unit Tests

 

 

Read all assigned materials.

Attend all classes and participate in class discussions.

Develop a personal study guide for each unit test.

Complete independent research.

Report research findings in a term paper.

Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. An Invitation to the Study of World Religions
  2. Indigenous Religions of North America
  3. Indigenous Religions of Africa
  4. Hinduism
  5. Buddism
  6. Jainism
  7. Sikhism
  8. Chinese Religions: Confucianism and Daoism
  9. Shinto
  10. Zorastrianism
  11. Judism
  12. Christianity
  13. Islam
  14. New Religious Movements

 

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