Course Summary
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Self-paced. Students have up to 60 days to complete.
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 humanities


The course objective is for students to gain mastery of the basic concepts integral to the study of religion and will demonstrate how these concepts apply in real world situations; explore key components of religions as they apply to a range of different belief systems; and explore the role of religion in modern society.

Learning Outcomes:

  • investigate the major approaches to studying religion
  • identify common elements of religions
  • analyze religion's impact on individuals, society, and the world
  • evaluate social, ethical, and cultural topics through the lens of religion.

General Course Topics:

  • Purposes for studying religion
  • Defining religion
  • An overview of the religions
  • Methods of studying religion
  • Sacred / transcendent
  • "the problem"
  • "the solution"
  • Religious narratives
  • Philosophy and doctrine
  • The individual
  • Society
  • Morality and ethics
  • Ritual and material
  • Religion in government
  • Religion in global affairs
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

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