PHIL2500 World Religions

This course is an introduction to the major world religious traditions. Traditions to be studied may include Ancient Greek and Egyptian religions, Native American religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will focus on the historical formation of religions and those who founded them. The course will also examine their scriptures, practices and beliefs and the ways each tradition answers fundamental religious questions concerning the nature of reality, purpose in life, ethics and death.

Credits

3

Prerequisite

Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer literacy skills required

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Conduct respectful religious discussions
Explain religious terms and concepts
Explain historical origins of religion
Identify founders and beliefs of major world religions
Evaluate major world religions' approaches and answers to fundamental questions of the human condition
Apply religious world views to contemporary social, ethical, and political issues
Appreciate historical and contemporary influence of world religions on human culture
Compare major world religions' practices and scriptures
Assess the philosophical underpinnings of religious world views

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Campus

Brooklyn Park Campus Eden Prairie Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details

lecture:

3

MnTC Goal Areas:

6 & 8