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RELS201 - Introduction to World Religions

Course Details

Course Code: RELS201 Course ID: 3024 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces the major religions of the world with attention to origin, history, beliefs and practices. The course provides a balanced consideration of both Eastern and Western religions. No force has influenced human life and civilization more than religion; no understanding of human affairs, on an individual scale or a global one, can succeed without comprehending it.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course students will be able to:
CO1 Identify the influence that major world religions have on society and illustrate the importance of studying religion today.
CO2 Describe and evaluate the key beliefs and characteristics of each major world religion and show how they are reflected in political and social structures and attitudes.
CO3 Examine and summarize the universal and unique forms of religious expression found in the major world religions (e.g., sacred places, symbols, ethics, and rituals).
CO4 Distinguish the basic concepts that make up a religious world view (e.g., creation of the world, good and evil, salvation, suffering).
CO5 Articulate the historical development, and interaction among, the major world religions.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 50.00 %
Week #1 Forum 6.25 %
Week #2 Forum 6.25 %
Week #3 Forum 6.25 %
Week #4 Forum 6.25 %
Week #5 Forum 6.25 %
Week #6 Forum 6.25 %
Week #7 Forum 6.25 %
Week #8 Forum 6.25 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week #3 Project: Travel Show Presentation 12.50 %
Week #5 Project: Current Affairs Worldview Essay 12.50 %
Presentation 25.00 %
Week #7 Presentation - My Favorite World Religion 25.00 %
Book Title: Judaism: The Basics - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: Neusner, Jacob
Publication Info: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415401753
Book Title: Introduction to the Study of Religion - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: Rodrigues, Hillary
Publication Info: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415408882
Book Title: Understanding the Religions of the World: An Introduction - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section. Hard copy not availbale from the bookstore, please try other sources.
Author: Deming, Willoughby
Publication Info: Routledge
ISBN: 9781118767566
Book Title: Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: Nigosian, Solomon
Publication Info: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253216274

Book Title:Judaism: The Basics - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
ISBN:9780415401753
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Neusner, Jacob
Unit Cost:$102.16
Book Title:Introduction to the Study of Religion - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
ISBN:9780415408882
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Rodrigues, Hillary
Unit Cost:$102.16
Book Title:Understanding the Religions of the World: An Introduction - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section. Hard copy not availbale from the bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9781118767566
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Deming, Willoughby
Unit Cost:$84.66
Book Title:Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
ISBN:9780253216274
Publication Info:Indiana University Press
Author:Nigosian, Solomon
Unit Cost:$19.67
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.