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Course Description

Religion is a topic that ignites controversy -- most societies engage in religious practices, believe strongly in that tradition, and find a sense of identity within it. The controversy arises when differences are misunderstood, misrepresented, or placed in a hierarchy of assumed supremacy of one religion as superior to others. In this class, students explore the underlying commonality of various religious traditions, explore the uniqueness of the religions with which they are unfamiliar, and learn to see that diversity among beliefs doesn't have to create hostility. Students will explore religions from Indigenous Peoples throughout the world, East Asia (e.g. India), China, the Middle East, as well as some more recent trends in religion. Previously known as PHIL 6A. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will be able distinguish Eastern and Western religious traditions
  • Learners will be able to demonstrate the ability to critically analyze sacred texts
  • Learners will be explain the role of the feminine and the masculine within religious traditions
  • Learners will be able to identify, compare and interpret religious concepts from multiple religions and perspectives
  • Students will develop a sensitivity and mindfulness of different cultures and religion

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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