Course Descriptions

PHL 109 - World Religions: Eastern Traditions

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the major Asian religions and the methods of the academic study of religion. The course examines the history, doctrines and beliefs, practices, institutions, and cultural expressions of religions originating in Asia. This examination supports study of the differences and similarities among religions originating in Asia, and the mutual effects of Asian and non-Asian religions on each other in various parts of the world. Students have the opportunity to explore for themselves conceptions of humanity, duty, and virtue derived from the Asian religions.

Learning Attributes: WR

SUNY General Education: SUNY-OWC - Other World Civilizations (SOW2)

MCC General Education: MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

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

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Intersession 2020
Spring Semester 2020