PHL111 - World Religions

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Subject Title
World Religions

Subject Description
Every culture in recorded history has had ideas about the ?supernatural.? Ideas about gods, goddesses, angels, demons and spirits have not only fascinated the human imagination, they have profoundly influenced human civilizations in regard to morality, politics, economics, and the arts. Many people claim to have actually experienced this realm of the sacred, but can we trust them? How can we understand and analyze religious claims? The academic study of religion explores these questions. Whether you are religious or not, becoming an informed global citizen in today?s world demands a certain amount of religious literacy. From the rise of fundamentalism in various countries, to debates over gay marriage and the wearing of head scarves, religious issues continue to saturate public life. And yet a recent poll showed that only 10% of high school students could name all 5 major world religions. This course will encourage basic cultural literacy by introducing the core beliefs and practices of the world?s major religious traditions. Mutual understanding of self and other will be fostered through an exploration of both sacred and secular world views, and how they contribute to a personal sense of meaning and purpose.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student should exhibit:
• Intercultural awareness and global perspective that will allow informed and respectful dialogue with members of various religious traditions;
• Knowledge of the core beliefs and practices, the sociocultural contexts, and the historical development of the world’s major religious traditions;
• Understanding of how and why religions influence civilizations in regard to morality, politics, economics and the arts;
• Capacity for critical reflection and comparison of various religious beliefs and practices in various historical periods and contexts;
• Knowledge of the methods and tools of analysis used in the academic study of religion.
and beliefs as illustrated through a term paper.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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