EN 209 Introduction to Religion

Course Description:
This course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices.  Students will examine major religions of the world as well as the questions and issues that religion tries to address.

  • Prerequisite Courses: EN110, EN120a

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 
The student will be able to:

  • Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
  • Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and
    professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - GENERAL: 
The student will be able to:

  • Know and value the general beliefs and practices of various world religions.
  • Know various answers that can be given to the questions and issues that religion tries to address.
  • State and defend his/her own personal religious belief.

SLO

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

1

I, D

 

 

2

I, D

I, D

I, D

3

 

I, D

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC: 
The student will be able to: 

General SLO 1.  Know and value the general beliefs and practices of various world religions.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1. Describe the major beliefs of various world religions

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which describe beliefs of major religions.

1.2. Place major religions on a world map as to where they geographically began and are concentrated currently.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities.

1.3. Describe the major tenets of each major religion studied.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which deals with the major tenets of religions studies

1.4. Describe the primary religious practices of each religion studied.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities.

 

General SLO 2.  Know various answers that can be given to the questions and issues that religion tries to address.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1. Identify the major questions and issues that religion tries to address.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which deals with major religious questions

2.2. Compare and contrast how various religious groups would answer the questions and deal with the issues identified in 2.1.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities, which deals with the comparative aspect of religious studies.

2.3. Distinguish between religious, philosophical, and cultural points of the arguments.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities.

General SLO 3.  State and defend his/her own personal religious belief.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1. Apply accurate terminology to construct a coherent and comprehensive statement of personal faith/belief.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions and activities.

3.2. Respond to discrepancies between his/her personal ideas and those held by other individuals and religious groups by supporting his/her views.

Complete worksheets, take quizzes, and participate in group discussions, activities and write a major paper comparing his/her personal beliefs with others religious beliefs.

D.  COURSE CONTENT
The course provides an overview of current major religions of the world, with special emphasis on connections to Micronesia, and the dynamics between religion and culture.  Such religions may include but are not limited to: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Primal Religions, Shinto, Skepticism, and Taoism.

Additionally, the course examines major questions and issues in the field of religion, such as, but not limited to:

  • Who or what is god?
  • What is the nature of human beings?
  • What is the relationship between god and humans?
  • Why are we here?
  • What happens to us when we die?
  • The power of religious texts
  • The role of religion and war
  • What is the relation between religion and magic?
  • How do religious beliefs control or direct how people behave on a daily basis, including the choices they make (ethics, morals).

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
The instructor may use but is not limited to lecture, discussion, group discussion, group presentations, projects, quizzes, tests, videos, computer software and exercises in order to achieve the stated objectives of the course.

F.  REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1991 (or most recent edition).
Smith, Huston. The Illustrated World’s Religions.  New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1994 (or most recent edition).

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
Many supplemental supporting materials are available through the Learning Resource Center and online.

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
None

L.  CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

 

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