Course Descriptions

PHL 109 - World Religions: Eastern Traditions - WR

3 Credits

An introduction to the academic study of religion through the exploration of some of the major Eastern religious traditions of the world. This course examines the historical development, the fundamental doctrines and beliefs, practices, institutions, and cultural expressions of Eastern religious traditions. This course also addresses some of the essential differences and similarities that exist among Eastern religious traditions, and points to the uniqueness of each of them. The course includes an examination of the differences in Eastern and Western thought, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a humanities or social science elective. Three class hours. (SUNY-H/OWC)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Distinguish among different kinds of theories of religion.
2.Interpret phenomena found in Asian religions using concepts from religious studies, philosophy, theology, or the social sciences.
3.Explain institutional structures associated with various religions originating in Asia.
4.Describe social structures associated with various religions originating in Asia (i.e., political, economic).
5.Differentiate conceptions of humanity, divinity, cosmos, duty, virtue, and community (i.e., culture) in various religions originating in Asia.
6.Recall the origins and development of various religions originating in Asia (i.e., history).
7.Explain the spread of religions originating in Asia to other parts of the world.
8.Explain the spread of religions originating in other parts of the world into Asia.
9.Evaluate personal character based on standards of virtue found in religions originating in Asia.
10.Plan personal character development based on standards of virtue found in religions originating in Asia.

Course Offered Spring only

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Fall Semester 2018