SRJC Course Outlines

7/24/2024 11:12:46 PMPHIL 8 Course Outline as of Fall 2014

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 8Title:  WORLD RELIGIONS  
Full Title:  World Religions:The Philosophical Foundations
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:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

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)

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 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: 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 student will be able to:
1   Analyze the main philosophical concepts of the major world religions.
2.  Compare and contrast the above philosophical concepts.
3.  Critically evaluate the above philosophical concepts.
4.  Describe the tenets, cultural setting, historical development and global spread of each of the religions covered, in so far as such considerations help explain the significance of the above philosophical concepts.

Topics and Scope
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Topics include:
1.  The major world religions include, but are not necessarily limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
2.  Key concepts used in the philosophical study of world religions include, but are not necessarily limited to, ultimate reality, theology, mythology, afterlife, monotheism vs. polytheism, morality, history, rituals, scripture.
3.  The tenets, cultural setting, historical development, and global spread of the world's religions include, but are not limited to:
      a.  Hinduism (Bhagavad Gita, Trimurti, Brahman-Atman, maya, karma, samsara, caste system, four stages of life, yoga 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 Orthodoxy)
      g. Islam (life of Muhammad, Five Pillars, Sunnis vs. Shi'ites, Sufism, jihad, relation to Christianity & Judaism, fundamentalist political movements)

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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 (500-1000 words) comparing and contrasting various aspects
     of the major religions.
4.  Research project and written essay (1250-2500 words) 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 sections.

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%
Class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Concise Introduction to World Religions, 2nd edition.  Oxtoby, Willard and  Segal, Alan.  Oxford University Press:  2011   
Experiencing the World's Religions, 6th edition.  Molloy, Michael.  McGraw Hill:  2009  
God Is Not One, 1st edition.   Prothero, Stephen.  HarperOne:  2011
Sacred Words: A Source Book on Religions of the World, 1st edition.  Bilhartz, Terry.  McGraw Hill:  2006 (Classic)
Scriptures of the World's Religions, 4th edition.   Fieser, James and Powers, John.  McGraw Hill:  2011
The World's Religions (Plus) 50th Anniversary.  Smith, Huston.  HarperOne: 2009
World Religions, 7th edition,  Matthews, Warren.  Cengage Learning:  2012
World's Religions Today, 4th edition. Espositom, John; Fasching, Darrell; and  Lewis, Todd.  Oxford University Press:  2011

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