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HUM 160 - Introduction to World Religions

Course Description

This course introduces students to the five major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. We will read, research and discuss the historical, ethical and spiritual foundation of each religion, its beliefs and practices, in order understand its place in the perennial search for Truth and its relevance in the world today. The goal of this course is to set the stage for authentic inter-religious dialogue to prevent religious conflict and dogmatic discrimination.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Explain the developmental stages of each of the five major religions.
Evaluate the principal tenets of each of these belief systems.
Describe the most important practices of each of these religions.
Analyze the inter-relative or conflicting theological, social and historical tenets of the five religions discussed from a global perspective.
Recognize how the tenets or beliefs of each religion fostered or hindered integration or separation within their cultural background and in comparison to the other religions discussed.

College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Critical Reasoning (CR), Diversity and Social Justice (DJ) and Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: ENG 050andREA050orREA075orpasstest, Coreq. ENG 099