Course Abstract Details

PHIL-115, Introduction to World Religions

Credits: 3

Course Description

PHIL-115, Introduction to World Religions, is a comparative survey into human expression through a variety of religious traditions. Surveying various religious traditions around the world and through history, we will inquire into the nature of religion and religious experience and call into question some of the important beliefs, practices, questions, and effects of religious belief and practice. Critical comparisons will be drawn between major religious traditions of the world and between different expressions within those religious traditions. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of ENG-097 and READ-091. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. Offered Spring and Summer terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Demonstrate awareness of the variety in religious expression and in the interplay between religion, history, philosophy, and other cultural factors. (G8-1, 6) (H9-1, 2, 3) 

2. Demonstrate an understanding of central tenets of religious traditions by describing core beliefs, ritual practices, observances, moral concepts, and social aspects of those traditions. (G-1, 2) (H- 1, 2, 3) 

3. Identify the interrelationships between a religion s core beliefs, rituals, observances, ethics, and social aspects. (G-1, 2) (H-2, 3, 4) 

4. Critically compare two or more religious traditions to find similarities and differences with respect to general or specific themes in their core beliefs rituals, observances, ethics, and social aspects. (G-2, 6) (H- 1, 2, 4) 

5. Offer critical analysis of central beliefs and practices within and between religious traditions that are reasoned, fair, and charitable, being careful to remain sensitive to the perspective of the individual believer so far as possible. (G-2, 6) (H-1, 4) 

6. Apply philosophical analysis to facets of specific religious traditions and to religious belief in general. (G-2) (H-1, 4) 

7. Participate in class discussions, maintaining a cooperative, respectful, and supportive environment. (G-1, 2, 7) (H- 1, 2, 4) 

8. Use philosophical activity as a way to expand, challenge, and refine your views regarding religious traditions and your relationship to them (G-5, 7) (H-4, 5)    

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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