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This course looks at a variety of religious traditions, customs, scriptures, liturgies in order to better understand how religious thought and practice has shaped the landscape of human culture in various civilizations. Over the course of the term, students will be using scholarly literature and doing reading in the textual sources of the major traditions to better understand how they account for human experience, the problem of evil, of loss, of what is sacred and what is not and why. The course is designed thematically, offering a vantage point from which to see what traditions share, how they differ and what that difference has to tell us. Students will also be looking at the changing religious landscape of America in order to understand how East and West actually do meet in this country and what the lived realities of religious pluralism involve.
Prerequisites: Prior academic study in religion, philosophy, or world history. Critical reading and analytical writing ability ordinarily attained after at least two years of academic study is expected.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Humanities for 4 credits or Other World Civilizations for 4 credits.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full;Other World Civilizations-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Spring 2. Summer. Fall 1. Fall 2.
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