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History of Religion
Course: HIS212

First Term: 2019 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load


Description: Survey of the historical contexts in which the major religions have emerged and evolved. Focuses on social and political events throughout history and their impact on religious beliefs and practices.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define historical context and identify the types of historical circumstances that have impact on religions. (I)
2. Describe the influence of historical, social, and political events on the development of various world religions. (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI)
3. Describe the historical, social, and political influences on the emergence and establishment of Hinduism. (II)
4. Analyze the historical periods which produced key splits within the various sects of Hinduism. (III, IV)
5. Describe the historical, social, and political influences on the emergence and establishment of Buddhism. (III)
6. Analyze the historical periods which produced key splits within Buddhism. (IV)
7. Describe the historical, social, and political influences on the emergence and establishment of Judaism. (V)
8. Describe the historical, social, and political influences on the emergence and establishment of Christianity. (VI)
9. Describe the historical, social, and political influences on the emergence and establishment of Islam. (VII)
10. Analyze the historical periods which produced key splits within Islam. (VIII)
11. Analyze the historical periods which produced key splits within Christianity. (X)
12. Analyze the historical periods which produced key splits within Judaism. (XI)
 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. What is Historical Context
   A. Components of an historical perspective
   B. Theories: different lenses of history
   C. Perspectives: different focus points
II. India (2500 - 1700 BCE)
   A. Indus Valley Civilization
   B. Historical Context for the creation of the Vedas
III. India (600 BCE)
   A. Historical context of Siddartha Gautama
   B. Historical, political, and social contexts for the reformation of Hinduism and the creation of Buddhism
IV. India (300 CE-400 CE)
   A. Historical context for the Buddhism split into Theravada and Mahayana
   B. Historical factors and influences on the creation of Vedanta
V. Middle East (1900 BCE - 0 CE)
   A. Historical context of the era and its influence of Abraham and the emergence of Judaism
   B. Historical context and its impact on the Diaspora
VI. Middle East (0-1000 CE)
   A. Historical context of the period of Jesus of Nazareth
   B. Political and Social influences of the Roman Empire on the development of early Christianity
VII. Middle East (600 CE)
   A. Historical context of the period of Muhammad
   B. Historical, political, and social influence on the development of early Islam
VIII. Middle East (1500-1900s CE)
   A. Shia and Sunni branches of Islam
   B. Historical, political, and social context for the conflict between Shia and Sunni Islam
IX. Europe (0-1800)
   A. Historical, political, and social influences on the emergence and development of Judaism in Europe
   B. Historical development of anti-Semitism
X. Europe (1000-1700s CE)
   A. Historical, political, and social influences on Christianity during the High Middle Ages
   B. Historical, political, and social influences on the Christian Protestant Reformation
XI. Europe (1800 - 1900s CE)
   A. Historical context of the development of modern Judaism
   B. Historical, political, and social factors influential in the splits into Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox subgroups
 
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 26, 2018

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