SRJC Course Outlines

6/25/2024 9:13:19 AMPHIL 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 8Title:  COMPARATIVE 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 of the philosophies underlying the major Eastern and Western religions and the interrelationships between those philosophies.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study of the philosophies underlying the major Eastern and Western religions and the interrelationships between those philosophies.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
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:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
(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)  Describe the origin, the historical development, the cultural
setting, and the global spread of each of the religions covered, in so far
as such considerations help elucidate the religious philosophies and
their interrelationships.
(6)  Describe how these religions have influenced each other throughout

Topics and Scope
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Topics include some of the following:
1.  Key concepts and theories used in the philosophical study of world
   religions (e.g., ultimate reality, theology, mythology, afterlife,
   monotheism vs. polytheism, morality, history, rituals, scripture)
2.  Historical development, tenets, and texts of the major world
   religions, including
   a.  Hinduism (Bhagavad Gita, Trimurti, Brahman-Atman, maya, karma,
       samsara, caste system, four stages of life, yogas/paths)
   b.  Buddhism (life of Buddha, relation to Hinduism, Four Truths,
       Eightfold Path, Tripitaka, anatman, nirvana, bodhisattva,
       Theravada vs. Mahayana, zen, Tibetan Vajrayana)
   c.  Confucianism (life & historical context of Confucius, li, jen,
       filial piety, education, relation to Taoism)
   d.  Taoism (legend of Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, I Ching, tao,
       wu-wei, yin-yang, popular deities, relation to Zen Buddhism)
   e.  Judaism (creation, Patriarchs, Prophets, Exodus, Diaspora,
       relation to Christianity, Zionism, Orthodox, Reform & Conservative
       branches, Holocaust)
   f.  Christianity (life of Jesus, relation to Judaism, resurrection,
       disciples, early Christians, incarnation, original sin, Trinity,
       last judgment, Roman Catholicism vs. Protestantism vs. Eastern
   g.  Islam (life of Muhammad, Five Pillars, Sunnis vs. Shi'ites,
       Sufism, jihad, relation to Christianity & Judaism, fundamentalist
       political movements)
3.  The manner in which various religious ideologies have influenced each
   other throughout history.
4.  The effects that interrelationships between religions have had upon
   global events and international relations.

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May include any/all of the following:
1.  Readings from course text and/or supplementary materials
2.  Group discussion of specific issues raised in readings or lecture
3.  Short essays (2-4 pages) comparing and contrasting various aspects
   of the major religions
4.  Research project and written essay (5-10 pages) defending a specific
   position on a comparative issue.
5.  Quizzes (multiple choice and/or short answer) on assigned readings
6.  Midterm examinations including essay, short answer, and multiple
   choice sections
7.  Final examination including essay, short answer, and mulitple choice

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
45 - 65%
Written homework, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
25 - 45%
Multiple choice, Essay exams, short answer quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PATTERNS OF RELIGION, Roger Schmidt et al
  1st edition, 1999, Wadsworth
  2nd edition, 2002, McGraw-Hill
WORLD RELIGIONS TODAY, John L. Esposito, et al
  1st edition, 2002, Oxford. U. P.
RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD, Lewis M. Hopfe & Mark R. Woodward
  8th edition, 2001, Prentice-Hall

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