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Women and World Religions
Course: REL290

First Term: 2012 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S


Description: Focus on the role of women in several organized religions and/or religious sects. Study of myth and symbols as they are used to establish, maintain, and enforce sex roles within specific cultural contexts around the world.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Distinguish the characteristics of female deities in selected prehistoric societies and contemporary indigenous religious traditions. (I)
2. Assess the significance of selected contemporary woman-centered religious traditions with those of male-centered religious traditions around the world. (II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)
3. Compare and contrast the symbols related to male and female deities in religions around the world. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)
4. Compare and contrast Indian culture and women`s contemporary roles with their place in Hindu religious literature and art. (II)
5. Compare and contrast Chinese culture and women`s contemporary roles in China with their place in Chinese Buddhist religious art and literature. (III)
6. Compare and contrast Japanese culture and women`s contemporary roles in Japan with their place in Japanese Buddhist the religious art and literature. (IV)
7. Compare and contrast Middle Eastern culture and women`s contemporary roles in Middle East with their places in religious literature and art in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (V)
8. Compare and Contrast European culture and women`s contemporary roles in Europe with their place in religious literature and art in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam movements. (VI)
9. Compare and contrast contemporary American women`s cultural roles in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and new religious movements as practiced in the United States. (VII)
10. Assess the significance of selected contemporary women-centered religious traditions with those of male-centered religious traditions. (V)
11. Critique selected contemporary feminist religious movements. (VI)
12. Compare and contrast women-centered religious movements with traditional religions. (II, III, V, VI)
 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Female in Ancient and Indigenous Religious Traditions
   A. Early Goddess cultures
   B. Shift from female to male deities
   C. Myths and symbols relating to gender
II. Indian Culture: Women and Hinduism
   A. The roles of women in Hinduism and Indian culture and society
   B. Indian myths and symbols relating to women`s roles in Hinduism
III. Chinese Culture: Women and Buddhism
   A. The roles of women in Chinese Buddhism, Chinese culture and society
   B. Chinese myths and symbols relating to women`s roles in Chinese Buddhism
IV. Japanese Culture: Women and Buddhism
   A. Roles of women in Japanese Buddhism, Japanese culture and society
   B. Myths and symbols relating to women`s roles
V. Middle Eastern Culture: Women, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
   A. The roles of Middle Eastern women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
   B. Middles Eastern traditions relating to women`s roles in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
VI. European Culture: Women, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
   A. The roles of European women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
   B. European traditions relating to women`s roles in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
VII. Women and Religion in the United States
   A. The changing roles of women in the United States
   B. Dominant religious practices and belief systems regarding women`s roles in contemporary American culture
   C. Women and new religious trends
   F. Others
 
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 6/28/2011

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