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2022-23 Catalog 
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PHIL 148 - Women and World Religions

5 Credits
This course explores feminine perspectives of religion and spirituality in classical and indigenous religions today and throughout history. Students will examine images of the divine in classical religions and in mythological works and analyze the role of women in these presentations. The roles and practices of women in many traditions will be studied through traditional writings, feminist theologies, and personal spiritual journeys written by women. It also addresses questions such as: What do sacred sources in traditional religions say about women and issues of gender? The course examines sources from both oral and written traditions.


Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve Students needing AA degree credits, students needing AA HUM distribution credits, students with an interest in religion, students with an interest in women’s studies or women’s issues, students with a interest in gender issues, general students.
Active Date 2014-09-02

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. Women and Hinduism 2. Women and Buddhism 3. Women and Sikhism 4. Women and Confucianism 5. Women and Shintoism 6.Women and Indigenous Traditions 7. Women and Judaism 8. Women and Islam 9.Women and Christianity 10. Goddess Worship 11. Women in myth, spiritual narrative, and theology

Student Learning Outcomes
Critically examine historical and contemporary issues of gender and religion.

Communicate effectively about issues and arguments relevant to understanding gender and religion.

Define and apply central terms and concepts relevant to the study of women and world religions.

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