HUM/130 Version 5
Religions of the World
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This course studies the major religions of the world. Topical areas include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous Cultures, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Students will be objectively studying the origins and major figures and comparing and contrasting each of the major religions. During this course each student will visit a religious site and interview a person of an unfamiliar faith.
Course Topics & Objectives
Week One: The Religious Response
• Recognize ways in which organized religion influences people’s lives.
• Define common terms related to the study of religion.
Week Two: Indigenous Sacred Ways
• Describe the importance of relationships to indigenous religions.
• Identify examples of roles and observances held sacred by indigenous peoples.
Week Three: Hinduism
• Describe the Hindu philosophical systems and forms of worship.
• Explain the origins of Hinduism.
Week Four: Buddhism
• Explain the origins of Buddhism.
• Describe Buddhism’s theological foundations and spiritual practices.
Week Five: Daoism, Confucianism, and Judaism
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