SRJC Course Outlines

5/18/2024 6:35:23 PMHUMAN10.66 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN10.66Title:  HISTORY OF SATAN  
Full Title:  History of Satan
Last Reviewed:11/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HUMAN 66

Catalog Description:
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This course traces the development of the character Satan or "The Devil" from its beginnings in Biblical literature.  It will examine the evolution of that literature through analysis of Jewish, Christian and Islamic theological development, great literary works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, and  contemporary film and comic strips.  


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course traces the development of the character Satan or "The Devil" from it's beginnings in Biblical literature and other religions' influence on that literature.  
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2008
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2008
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2008
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2008Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2008Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


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 students will be able to:
1.      Compare and contrast various images and concepts about Satan from different historical periods and       sources.
2.      Identify the period and source for the depiction of "The Devil" in modern film, theatre literature and       cartoons.
3.      Describe Satan's evolution as a character and the cultural contexts that shaped it.
4.       Analyze artistic and religious depictions of "The Devil" within historical, social and
      cultural contexts.
5.      Integrate ideas, patterns, and information from ancient literature, modern
      literature, painting, sculpture, film, drama, and comics.
6.      Demonstrate the etymology of the various names of "The Devil."
7.      Apply methods of analysis to depictions of Satan from the humanities, as well as
      social and behavioral sciences.  

Topics and Scope
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1.      Satan in the Hebrew Bible
2.      Ahriman in Zoroastrian texts
3.      The Devil/Demons/Satan in the New Testament
            a.  Gospels
            b.  Pauline literature
            c.  The Apocalypse
4.      Post-Biblical Jewish and Christian depictions
5.      Early Christian iconography of Satan
6.      Iblis in the Qur'an
7.      Medieval, Renaissance and Restoration literature such as:
            a.  Dante's Inferno
            b.  Milton's Paradise lost
            c.  Goethe's Faust
8.      Selections from modern literature, film, theatre and comic strips including:
            a.   C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
            b.  Anne Rice's Memnoch the Devil
            c.  Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry
            d.  Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
            e.  Archibald MacLeish's J.B.
            f.  Stephen Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
            g.   Anton Szandor's The Satanic Bible  

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1.  Weekly reading assignments of between 20-50 pages
 2.  2-4 Objective exams including a final
 3.  1-3 Essay exams
 4.  A research paper of 5-7 pages
 5.  Optional field trips
 6.  In-class exercises
 7.  In-class presentations
 8.  Discussions and/or debates
 9.  Written homework such as personal reflection papers (2-3 pages) and/or
     critical interpretations of selected passages and pieces of art
10.  Optional special topics  

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
40 - 90%
Term papers, Essays, critiques.
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
5 - 50%
Essay exams.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 25%
May include special projects such as video production, presentation, visual display or creation of works of art or field trips.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Kelly, Henry Ansgar.  Satan: A Biography.  Cambridge, 2006.
Pagels, Elaine.  The Origin of Satan.  Random House, 1995.
Selected primary texts

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