2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog

REL 101 - Introduction to World Religions

REL 1101
Description: Introduction to the history of religious traditions of the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Confucianism, Daoism, as well as indigenous traditions. Exploration of the diversity of religions and religious experiences across the globe. Essential features of each tradition and how different religions have responded to basic human needs, including the cultural contexts in which they developed.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

General Education Competency: Diversity

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:

  1. Methods for studying religions
  2. Function and role of religions
  3. Historical development of religious traditions
  4. The role of women in religious traditions
  5. The relationship between religion and science
  6. Indigenous religions
  7. African religions
  8. Asian religions
  9. Western religions
  10.  Revitalization of religious traditions

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the historical development of world religions. (1-10)
  2. Apply academic methods for studying world religions. (1-10)
  3. Assess the similarities and differences between the major world religions. (1-10)
  4. Recognize similarities and differences between personal religious stance and other traditions. (1-10) 
  5. Explain the difference between academic-based approaches in the field of Religious Studies from faith-based approaches. (1)
  6. Demonstrate increase research-based knowledge of religion and world religions and compare this data to popular stereotypes and misconceptions of religions. (1-5, 10)

Required Assessment:

  1. Writing assignments may vary in number and length, but must add up to a minimum of 10 pages or 2,500 words over the term. One or more writing assignments of at least 750 words must be done outside of the class session. 
  2. At least one writing assignment involves a revision process in which students receive instructor and/or peer feedback on a first draft and make substantive revisions before submitting a subsequent draft for grading.