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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Religion and the Modern World
Course: REL205

First Term: 2009 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Introduction to the nature and role of religious beliefs and practices in shaping the lives of individuals and societies, with particular attention to the modern world.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Introduce a vocabulary of modern religious studies. (I)
2. Identify and describe the major varieties of religious experience in the modern world (e.g., Traditional religion, Fundamentalism, Secularized religion, and Post-modern religion). II
3. Identify and describe significant newer religions (e.g., Mormonism, New Age, Jehovah`s Witnesses, Scientology). (II)
4. Describe the presentation of religion in the media (literature, film, television, music, et al). (III)
5. Explain the ways in which religious movements use modern media to present themselves. (III)
6. Describe the ecumenical and pan-religion movements. (IV, V)
7. Identify and describe important social and global issues in modern religion. (VI, VII)
8. Identify issues that are likely to affect religion in the future. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Vocabulary for Modern Religious Studies
II. Twentieth Century Religious Development
   A. 19th Century liberalism
   B. The rise of fundamentalism
   C. The traditional forms of religion
   D. Post-modernism
   E. The new religions
      1. Mormonism (optional)
      2. Jehovah`s Witnesses (optional)
      3. New Age (optional)
      4. Scientology (optional)
III. Religion and the Media
   A. The presentation of religion in the humanities
   B. The use of the media by modern religious movements
IV. The Ecumenical Movement
V. Cross-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation
VI. Issues in Modern Religion
   A. Environmentalism (optional)
   B. Multiculturalism (optional)
   C. Politics and religion (optional)
   D. The Global Community (optional)
   E. Economics (optional)
VII. Significant Contemporary Religious Voices
VIII. The Future of Religion
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 2/24/1998

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