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PHIL 160 - World Religions

5 Credits
Introduction to the varieties of religion. Students will study the central ideas and practices of major religious traditions and develop a fundamental understanding of these traditions, sufficient to support future research and learning. Addresses many universal issues, including religious pluralism and conflict.


Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Transfer students needing HUM Area 1 distribution credit; students needing Diversity and Globalism credit; students curious about religion; students pursuing a career in ministry; students interested in culture, history, psychology, music and art.
Active Date 2011-07-25

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Field Studies 0 Clinical 0 Independent Studies 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
1. Nature and components of religion; theories on the origin and function of religion; common elements of religious tradition; 2. Myth, symbol, ritual, mysticism. 3. Indigenous traditions, shamanism. 4. Hinduism. 5. Jainism; Buddhism; Sikhism. 6. Confucianism; Shinto. 7. Taoism and Zen. 8. Judaism. 9. Christianity. 10. Islam.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to identify and define central terms, ideas, and practices of major world religious systems.

Students will consider their own religious assumptions, beliefs and inclinations in light of their new knowledge.

Think critically about the content and meaning of religious traditions.

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