PHIL1360 Comparative World Religions

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 6 and 8 - Humanities and Global Perspective. Using a comparative framework, this course attempts to understand the nature of religion by looking at the historical and ideological formation of some of the worlds most influential religious traditions. It explores ideas of ultimate meaning in different cultures and different times, and follows the development of these ideas in the long search for purpose in human existence. The primary goal is to comprehend better the varieties of religious experience in the world, with a particular emphasis on understanding the unfamiliar empathetically and the familiar objectively.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the history, philosophies, and practices of major religious traditions.
  • Interpret religious values, images, symbols, and texts critically.
  • Recognize the role religion plays in culture.
  • Summarize beliefs and theologies outside their own tradition.
  • Describe how religion has shaped and been shaped by civilizations, past and present.
  • Identify the scope and variety of artistic and literary expressions in religion.
  • Produce an informed personal reaction to artistic and literary works in various religions.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other