SRJC Course Outlines

6/24/2024 6:49:41 AMPHIL 8 Course Outline as of Fall 1997

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 8Title:  COMPARATIV RELIGION  
Full Title:  Comparative Religion
Last Reviewed:9/24/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Study and comparison of the major Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism) and of the major Western religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study & comparison of major world religions, both Eastern & Western.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100B or ENGL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
H
Humanities
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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     The student will:
(1)  Describe the main philosophical tenets of the major world religions,
including but not necessarily limited to Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism,
Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
(2)  Critically evaluate these same philosophical tenets.
(3)  Show the internal relationships between the ideas examined in each
of the religions under consideration.
(4)  Compare and contrast the various religions with respect to their
conceptions of things such as:  ultimate reality, the physical world,
humankind, afterlife and morality.
(5)  Demonstrate an understanding of the origin, the historical develop-
ment and the cultural setting of each of the religions covered, in so far
as such considerations help elucidate the religious philosophies.

Topics and Scope
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The sequence of the topics presented in Philosophy 8 often varies,
but a typical course includes the following:
1.  Introduction to the key concepts, theories and criteria to be used
   in the philosophical study of world religions (e.g. ultimate reality,
   theology, mythology, afterlife, religious authority, scriptures,
   rituals, morality, history).
2.  Hinduism - topics include: Yedic mythology, the Yedas, the
   relationship between classical and post-classical Hinduism, the
   Trimurti (Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu), polytheism and monotheism,
   Brahman-Atman, maya, paths to salvation, four stages of life,
   samsara, the Bhagavad Gita, the Law of Karma, reincarnation and caste.
3.  Buddhism - topics include: the Life of Buddha, the relationship
   between Buddhism and Hinduism, the Four Nobel Truths, the Eight
   fold path, Nirvana, the relationship between Theravada and
   Mahayana, the role of deities in Buddhism, the Bodhisattva,
   anatman, Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism.
4.  Confucianism - topics include: the life of Confucius, historical
   context of Confucianism, social and political philosophy, li, jen,
   the role of family, Confucian education, religious and non-religious
   aspects of Confucianism, and the relationship between Confucianism,
   Realism, Mohism, and Taoism.
5.  Taoism - topics include: the life of Lao Tzu, the Tao Te Ching, the
   concept of Tao, the Taoist conception of nature, wu-wei, yin-yang,
   Taoist relativism, the relationship between Taoism and Zen, pacifism,
   popular Taoism and deities.
6.  Judaism - topics include: the Patriarchs, the Prophets, creation,
   the Exodus, the Diaspora, monotheism, moral/social philosophy, the
   significance of Judaic history, scripture, the relationship between
   Judaism and Christianity, Zionism, the Holocaust, and the
   relationship between Orthodox, Reform and Conservative branches
   of Judaism.
7.  Christianity - topics include: the life of Jesus, the Resurrection,
   the disciples, the early church, the Incarnation, the doctrine of
   Original Sin, the Trinity, theology, morality, afterlife, the
   Last Judgement, religious authorties, politics, Roman Catholicism,
   Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism and relationship with Judaism.
8.  Islam - topics include: the life of Mohammad, the Hegira, the Koran,
   Allah and monotheism, the Five Pillars, the Sunnis, the Shi-ites,
   social and moral philosophy, racial attitudes, the status of women,
   jihad, relationship between Islam, Judaism and Christianity and
   recent political developments.

Assignments:
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Assignments for Philosophy 8 vary but typically include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments from course texts and supplementary
   materials.
2.  Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
   Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short essay.
3.  At least two midterm examinations. Each exam is approximately one
   hour long. Students must write in-class essays in response to
   questions on material covered in class and in texts.
4.  A final examination - approximately 2-3 hours long. Students must
   write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
   in class and in text.
5.  Students may also be required to write a paper in which they research
   an issue raised in class and defend a particular position on that
   issue.
6.  Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
65 - 85%
Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 25%
Multiple choice, SHORT ESSAY OR QUIZZES
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
CLASS PARTICIPATION


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS & A COMPLETELY REVISED & UPDATED EDITION OF THE
  RELIGIONS OF MAN, Harper San Francisco, 1991.
THE SACRED PATHS, Theodore M. Ludwig, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall, 1996.
PATHS OF FAITH, John A. Hutchison, 4th ed., McGraw Hill, 1991
THE WORLD'S WISDOM:  SACRED TEXTS OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS, Philip Novak,
  1st ed., Harper San Francisco, 1994.

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