Mar 31, 2023
CARS 2400 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
Studying religion is critical for understanding the modern world, as well as the daily lives of billions of people around the globe. In this class, students examine the beliefs, practices, institutions, and histories of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Other possible topics include Atheism, Confucianism, Daoism, Greek and Roman religions, Jainism, Navajo religion, New Religious Movements, Rastafarianism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. The curriculum consists of weekly readings and films and occasional guest speakers and field trips.
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to recognize key components of a wide range of religious traditions.
- Students will be able to define key concepts in the academic study of religion.
- Students will be able to compare and contrast the variety of worldviews espoused by a wide range of religious traditions.
- Students will be able to describe the ways in which religions are internally diverse rather than uniform, and change over time.
- Students will be able to evaluate the ways in which religious influences are embedded in all aspects of a culture.
- Students will be able to develop arguments that demonstrate analytic and interpretive skills and express their conclusions logically and within defined contexts.
- Students will be able to employ principles, terminology, and methods from the discipline of religious studies.
- Students will be able to explain relationships among cultural and historical contexts using the discipline of religious studies.
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