World Religions

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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


Acceptable placement scores in reading of a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in REA 0019



Richard L. Elligson, Ph.D.



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Brodd, Jeffrey, 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 behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Examine the philosophies of various religions.

Describe the cultural and historical meaning of these religions. 

Compare the influences of various religions on modern society.

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

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3

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

Quizzes, Research Papers, Unit Tests



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

 Student is to read all assigned materials

Student will attend and participate in class discussions.

Faculty will complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.

All 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.

Faculty will avail themselves on a weekly basis for student conferences and discussions.

Faculty will advise students to make use of the Academic Center for Excellence for additional academic help when warranted.

Faculty will foster an environment that is conducive for learning for every student.


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