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RELS101 - Introduction to the Study of Religion

Course Details

Course Code: RELS101 Course ID: 3634 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This introductory course explores the basic nature of religion, both historical and contemporary, and familiarizes the student with a multidisciplinary approach to religious study. Students examine the importance of religious thought and expression, from the viewpoints of both a participant and a critic.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

CO1: Define "religion."

CO2: Express the importance of studying religion today.

CO3: Articulate and evaluate the scholarly methods used in the study of religion.

CO4: Identify and give examples of the universal forms of religious expression (eg. sacred places, symbols, ethics, rituals).

CO5: Describe the basic concepts that make up a religious world view (eg, creation of the world, good and evil, salvation, suffering).

CO6: Specify the various forms of religious life (eg. social, political) that are evident in different societies over time.

CO7: Determine and report on the diversity of human religious expression and belief.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1: Introduction & Expectations 4.44 %
Week 1: Defining Religion 4.44 %
Week 2: Religious Symbols 4.44 %
Week 3: Religious Rituals & Scripture 4.44 %
Week 4: Sects, Cults, & New Religious Movements 4.44 %
Week 5: Cosmogonies 4.44 %
Week 6: Morality & Ethics 4.44 %
Week 7: Paths to Salvation 4.44 %
Week 8: Future of Religion 4.44 %
Week 3 - Website Evaluation 20.00 %
Week 3 - Website Evaluation 20.00 %
Week 6 - Integrated Paper Outline 15.00 %
Week 6 - Integrated Paper Outline 15.00 %
Week 8 - Integrated Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 â?? Integrated Paper 25.00 %

Important: To access any e-books that are required for this course, please search the Resources section in the classroom, the Online Library, and also read this FAQ - FAQs.docx

Book Title:Introduction to the Study of Religion - e-book available in the APUS Online Library, links provided in the classrom lessons section.
Unit Cost:$33.41
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.