SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2019 8:41:26 AMRELS 32 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  RELS 32Title:  RELIGION IN AMERICA  
Full Title:  Religion in America
Last Reviewed:10/8/2018

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:  HUMAN 10.4

Catalog Description:
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This course will explore and analyze the history of and interaction among diverse ethnic and cultural groups in the shaping of American religious discourse and institutions and the encounter between secular and religious forces.  It will survey the many multi-cultural personalities, ideas, and movements of the past 400 years.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will explore and analyze the history of and interaction among diverse ethnic and cultural groups in the shaping of American religious discourse and institutions and the encounter between secular and religious forces.  It will survey the many multi-cultural personalities, ideas, and movements of the past 400 years.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1996
Inactive: 
 Area:E
G
Humanities
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1997
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1997
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1996Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1996Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Identify and analyze the spectrum of American religious culture
    in its historical development.
2.  Compare and contrast the diverse cultural and ethnic roots
     of religious expression in America.
3.  Describe and give examples of the historical, social, and psychological processes
    that involved in the creation of new religions.

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Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
 
1.   Track and analyze the impact of colonization on both European and
      indigenous peoples' religious expressions.
2.   Describe and distinguish the impact of the institution
      of slavery on both the Europeans and Africans in
      America and on their religious expressions and
      political and cultural development.
3.   Describe and appraise the impact of industrialization and
      immigration in non-Anglo Europeans and their religious
      expressions.
4.   Distinguish  and compare the leading and intellectual
      and scientific claims behind emerging spiritual expression.
5.   Explain and appraise the interaction between religious communities
      and secular political culture in America.
6.   Identify and evaluate the major personalities and events which
      shaped American religious discourse.
7.   Examine and appraise the effect of religious enthusiasm in the
      shaping of such American political discourse and institutions as
      abortion, Suffrage, Prohibition, Civil Rights, evolution, Scientific
      Creationism, Intelligent Design, Same-Sex Marriage etc.
8.   Probe the variety and rivalry of religious denominations and the
       restless debates within denominations which led to schism and
       proliferation in American culture.
9.   Investigate and evaluate the emergence of new religions and new
      religious expression in American society.
10. List examples of religious institutions and styles of expression from
       each major historical source of origin and   
       their cognate traditions.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Native American Religious Expression
    A. Rituals
    B. Myths
    C. Religious Concepts
    D. Ecological Sustainability
II.  Puritanism and Early Colonists
III. The Impact of Colonization on the Religious Expressions of Europeans
      and Indigenous Peoples
IV. Protestant Denominations such as:
    A. Methodist
    B. Baptist
    C. Presbyterian
    D. Congregationalist
    E. Episcopalian
V.  Quakers and Mennonites
VI. Deism and the First Amendment
    A. Jefferson
    B. Paine
    C. Franklin
VII. Slavery and African American Religions such as:
    A. African-Christian Syncretism
    B. African American Christianity
    C. Nation of Islam
VIII. Judaism in the United States
    A. The impact of immigration
    B. The Reform movement
    C. Orthodox and Conservative
    D. Reconstructionism and Zionism
IX.  Catholicism in the United States
    A. Americanism
    B. Nativism & "Know Nothings"
    C. The Catholic Worker
X.   Apocalypticism and New American Religions
    A. The Mormons
    B. Christian Science
    C. The Millerite Craze
    D. Jehovah's Witnesses
    E. Seventh-Day Adventists
    F.  Mesmerism
    G. Scientology
XI.   Pentecostal, Holiness Movements, Evangelism and Revivalism
XII.  Politics, Religion, and Social Change
XIII. Humanism & Free Thought
XIV. World Religions in the United States
    A. Buddhism
    B. Islam
    C. Hinduism
    D. Others
XV. American Civil Religion

Assignments:
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1. Weekly reading assignments of between 25-50 pages
2. Multiple choice and/or essay exams (2 - 5)
3. An argumentative or expository term paper of minimum of 1000 words
4. Quizzes of objective or short written answer format (4 - 10)
5. Optional field trips, interviews, debates and oral presentations

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
30 - 50%
Reading reports and essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 70%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, completion, essay exams, text analysis
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Classroom participation, optional: oral presentations, reports on interviews, museum visits, or field trips


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Religion In America. 9th ed. Corrigan, John and Hudson, Winthrop. Routledge. 2018
 
America's Four Gods: What We Say About God and What That Says About Us.  Froese, Paul and Bader, Christopher. Oxford University Press. 2015
 
Religion in American Life: A Short History. 2nd ed. Butler, Jon and Wacker, Grant and Balmer, Randall. Oxford University Press. 2011 (classic)
 
Revive Us Again: The Reawakening Of American Fundamentalism. Carpenter, Joel. Oxford University Press.1999 (classic)

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