SRJC Course Outlines

7/24/2024 2:57:57 AMRELS 2 Course Outline as of Summer 2022

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  RELS 2Title:  WORLD RELIGIONS  
Full Title:  World Religions
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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHIL 8

Catalog Description:
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Comparative study of the doctrines, beliefs, historical development, and practices of the major religions of the world.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Comparative study of the doctrines, beliefs, historical development, and practices of the major religions of the world.
(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: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Identify major tenets of the world's major religions.
2.  Critically analyze the primary doctrines of the major world religions.
3.  Articulate the diversity of religious practices throughout the world.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1  Analyze and evaluate the main doctrines of the major world religions.
2. Compare and contrast the differing categories of religious expression.
3. Describe the tenets, cultural setting, historical development and global spread of each
     of the religions covered.

Topics and Scope
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Topics include:
I. The major world religions include, but are not necessarily limited to, Hinduism, Buddhism,
     the Chinese Traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
II. Key concepts used in the study of world religions include, but are not limited to,
     ultimate reality,  theology, cosmology, afterlife, monotheism vs. polytheism, morality,
      history, rituals, scripture.
III. The tenets, cultural setting, and historical development of the world's religions include,
     but are not limited to:
    A. Hinduism (Bhagavad Gita, Trimurti & Devi, avatars & numerous deities,
          Brahman-Atman, maya, karma, samsara, caste system, four stages of life,
          yoga paths)
    B. Buddhism (life of Buddha, relation to Hinduism, Triple Treasure, Four Truths,
         Eightfold Path, Paramitas, Pali Canon, nirvana, bodhisattva, Theravada vs. Mahayana,
          zen, Tibetan Vajrayana; primacy of meditation practice and mind training)
    C. Chinese Traditions (Confucian ideology, Taoist philosophy & the legend of Laozi,
          yin-yang-5-phases correlative cosmology, the folk tradition's pantheon of
          popular deities, ghosts, & ancestors; Chinese transformation of Buddhism)
    D. Judaism (creation, Patriarchs, Prophets, Exodus, Diaspora, relation to Christianity,
          Zionism,  Orthodox, Reform & Conservative branches, Holocaust)
    E. Christianity (life of Jesus, relation to Judaism, resurrection, disciples, early Christians,
          incarnation, original sin, Trinity last judgment, Roman Catholicism vs. Protestantism vs.  
          Eastern Orthodoxy)
    F. 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 each) comparing and contrasting various aspects
    of the major religions.
4. Research project and written essay (1250-2500 words each) 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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Invitation to World Religions (2nd). Brodd, Jeffrey and Little, Layne and Nystrom, Brad. Oxford University Press: 2015
A Concise Introduction to World Religions (3rd). Edited by Oxtoby, Willard G. and Amore, Roy C. and Hyssain, Amir. Oxford University Press: 2015
Religions of the World (13th). Hopfe, Lewis M. and Hendrickson, Brett R. Pearson: 2015

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