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 Start Month Session Weeks
05/29/2023 - 11/03/2023 11/06/2023 - 12/31/2023 November Fall 2023 Session I 8 Week session
06/26/2023 - 12/01/2023 12/04/2023 - 01/28/2024 December Fall 2023 Session D 8 Week session
07/31/2023 - 12/29/2023 01/01/2024 - 02/25/2024 January Winter 2024 Session B 8 Week session
08/28/2023 - 02/02/2024 02/05/2024 - 03/31/2024 February Winter 2024 Session I 8 Week session
09/25/2023 - 03/01/2024 03/04/2024 - 04/28/2024 March Winter 2024 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 %
Discussions 50.00%
Week 1: Introductions 6.25%
Week 2: Hinduism 6.25%
Week 3: Buddhism 6.25%
Week 4: Confucianism and Daoism 6.25%
Week 5: Judaism 6.25%
Week 6: Christianity 6.25%
Week 7: Islam 6.25%
Week 8: Presentation Collaboration and Career Reflection 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%

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.