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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
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
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

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course students will be able to:
1. Identify the influence that major world religions have on society and illustrate the importance of studying religion today;
2. 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;
3. 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);
4. Distinguish the basic concepts that make up a religious world view (e.g., creation of the world, good and evil, salvation, suffering);
5. 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 %
Group Work 25.00 %
Week #7 Presentation - My Favorite World Religion 25.00 %
Extra Credit 1.00 %
Constitution Extra Credit 1.00 %
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

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.