SRJC Course Outlines

5/18/2024 11:46:47 AMHUMAN 10.3 Course Outline as of Spring 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 10.3Title:  HISTORY OF GOD  
Full Title:  History of God
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled015 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 10C

Catalog Description:
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An exploration of the personalities, ideas and movements in western monotheist religious traditions, emphasizing Christianity and its historic interaction with Judaism and Islam from the second century to the present.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An exploration of the personalities and movements in western monotheist religious traditions, emphasizing Christianity & its historic interaction with Judaism & Islam from the 2nd Century to the present.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1983
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1983
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:

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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The student will:
1.  Discover and describe the complex evolution of Christianity as it
   interacts with Judaism, Islam and other historic ideas and forces.
2.  Identify seminal thinkers and events and discuss the unique
   characteristics of their thought over and against the historic
   circumstances and literary understandings of their own time.
3.  Discern and discuss the evolution to persistent religious themes
   and controversies as the recur throughout western history, e.g.,
   orthodoxy and heresy, messianism, the rival hermeneutics of
   Christianity, Judaism and Islam; concern for the relationship between
   Faith and Reason.
4.  Discover and articulate the historic and religious sources of
   contemporary values and belief systems.
5.  Recognize the commonality and the wide diversity and debate that
   exists within and among western religious traditions.

Topics and Scope
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This is an historical survey course which covers most (but never all)
of the following selected readings from the sources and personalities
1.  The emergence of rabbinic Judaism and the rise of Christianity:
   their interdependence and interaction.
2.  Rabbinic Judaism following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E., the
   Mishnah and the Talmud and the rabbinic hermeneutic of Hebrew
3.  Christology as the rival hermeneutic of the nascent Christian church.
   Christian anti-Judaism and the development of the Adversus Judeos.
4.  The dialectic of Gnosticism and developing Christian Orthodoxy:
   Hellenistic dualisms and the perplexities of Christian belief.
5.  Orthodox apologists: in defense of the Trinity: Justin Martyr,
   Tertullian, Origen, Ireneas.
6.  The Romanization of Christianity: the transformation of the church
   into the state religion: Eusebius, the Creeds; the personal struggle
   of Jerome.
7.  Augustine of Hippo: Personal writings - The Confessions; On Marriage
   and Concupiscence; the political writings - The City of God.
8.  Church and State: the rise of the Papacy and the spread of the
   Western Church; the Donation of Constantine through the Coronation
   of Charlemagne.
9.  Pope and Emperor in the middle ages: the development of the Imperial
   Church, Gregory VII and Henry IV; Dante's De Monarchia; the roots
   of the Crusades and the Inquistion.
10. Heresy: unacceptable popular dissent; Arnold of Brescia, the
   Albigensians, Dominic and the Crusades. Acceptable ascetic respone:
   Francis of Assisi.
11. Mohammed and the rise of Islam and its relationship to Judaism and
   Christianity. The Koran, the University and the transmission of
   classical texts. The success of Islam.
12. Jews in the Middle Ages: Spain and Portugal: The Golden Age, the
   Christian Conquest. The Crusades, the Expulsions and Inquisitions.
   Medieval anti-Jewish legislation. Jewish survival and mysticism.
   Devleopments in Jewish history: the East European settlement; the
   birth of Hasidism; the Enlightenment; the birth of Zionism, the
13. Paths through the Renaissance: Anselm, Maimonides, Aquinas, Erasmus:
   the debates over Faith and Reason; the rebirth of Reason in Europe:
   concepts on Natural Law.
14. The Protestant Reformation: Luther, Calvin and the Anabaptists.
15. Science and the Enlightment: Galileo, Newton and witchcraft, Voltaire
   and Jefferson. The French Revolution.
16. 19th century challenge: Darwin, Hegel, Marx and Freud.
17. 20th century responses. Neo-orthodoxy, fundamentalism: the "new"
   theologies: Liberation; Creation.., etc.

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Assignments for Humanities 10.3 include the following:
1.  Three long take-home essay exams based on each of the three units
   in the syllabus reader.
2.  Three short answer quizzes based on each unit of study.
3.  One 6-10 page term paper involving research or a book report.

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
50 - 80%
Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Quizzes, Exams
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
10 - 25%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Syllabus reader for Humanities 10.3 by S. Lowe.
THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL by E. Pagels, 1st ed., Vintage Books, 1989.

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