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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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

1. Define "religion",

2. Express the importance of studying religion today,

3. Articulate and evaluate the scholarly methods used in the study of religion,

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

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

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

7. 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 – 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 - http://ezproxy.apus.edu/login?url=http://ebooks.apus.edu/E-book 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.
ISBN:9780415408899
Author:Rodrigues
Unit Cost:$33.41

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.