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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
World Religions
Course: REL100

First Term: 2014 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: The development of various religions from the prehistoric to modern times. Political, economic, social and geographic relationships among world religions. Consideration of both Eastern and Western religions.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the influence of world religions on social, economic, and political developments. (I-IX)
2. Describe similarities and differences among the beliefs, traditions, and practices of major world religions. (I-IX)
3. Describe the practices and beliefs of Hinduism and the historical impact on Indian society. (II)
4. Describe the principles and practices of Buddhism and the historical impact on Buddhist societies. (III)
5. Describe Islamic theology and practices and the historical impact in the Middle East. (IV)
6. Describe Judaic doctrine and theology and how it has influenced Jewish traditions and practices. (V)
7. Describe Christian theology and its variations in Roman Catholicism, Eastern orthodoxy, and Protestantism. (VI)
8. Describe the roles of ethics and religious beliefs in Confucianism and its historical impact on Chinese society. (VII) (optional)
9. Describe the practices and beliefs of Taoism and the historical impact on Chinese society. (VIII) (optional)
10. Describe the historical impact of Christianity in the western world. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction
   A. Defining religion
   B. Overview of major world religions
   C. Influence of religion on historical developments in the world`s societies
II. Hinduism
   A. Characteristics of Hinduism
   B. Beliefs
   C. Hindu traditions and practices
III. Buddhism
   A. The Buddha
   B. Buddhist principles
   C. Buddhist traditions and practices
   D. Buddhist monasticism
   E. Buddhist society
IV. Islam
   A. Mohammed
   B. The Koran
   C. Basic theological concepts
   D. Islamic traditions and practices
V. Judaism
   A. Concept of God
   B. The Torah
   C. Judaic doctrine and theology
   D. Jewish traditions and practices
VI. Christianity
   A. Jesus
   B. Christian theology
   C. Roman Catholicism
   D. Eastern orthodoxy
   E. Protestantism
   F. Christian traditions and practices
VII. Confucianism (optional)
   A. Confucius
   B. Ethics versus religion
   C. Influence on China
VIII. Taoism (optional)
   A. Three approaches to power
   B. Other Taoist values
   C. Taoist traditions and practices
IX. The relation between religions
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 25, 2014

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