2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HUM 240 World Religions (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Humanities; General Transfer Elective
Formerly HUMAN 240

Course Description
Survey of five influential world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Exploration of the basic tenets, origins and evolution of each religion; reflection on the influence they have had on history, culture, and the arts.

Student Outcomes
1. Explain the unique history of each major religion.
2. Explain major belief systems for each of the religions, as well as divergences among sects and other groupings within each religion.
3. Describe some of the narratives and major deities of religious traditions.
4. Identify the relationship between communal and individual religious practices.
5. Discuss how religious traditions have influenced world views on community and the individual.
6. Explain the relationship of religions traditions to cultural understanding of self and life’s meaning and purpose (i.e. time, nature, money, work, rest, education, power, birth, and death).
7. Define what constitutes the divine or sacred in a given religion.
8. Explain the relationship between soteriology and eschatology.
9. Analyze how faith interacts with beliefs regarding chaos, order, intuition, and scientific thought.

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