Master Syllabus Template

PHIL1304: Introduction to Comparative Religion

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Course Name: Introduction to Comparative Religion
Course Number: PHIL1304

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Course Description

Students will be introduced to the academic study of religion, emphasizing the comparative study of contemporary world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

There are no course prerequisites for Introduction to Comparataive Religion. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading portion of the TASP is required.

Professors may include additional comments concerning specific course design issues.

Course Materials

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Instructional Methodology

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Course Rationale

Religion has been and continues to be one of the principal forces that have shaped human societies and history. For this reason, a basic understanding of the major religions of the world affords both a deeper appreciation of other cultures and traditions and a richer understanding of ourselves.

Course Objectives

Departmental Objectives/Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the central beliefs and concepts of major living religious traditions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  2. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the structure and ritual life of religious communities, including significant holidays and rituals.
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic grasp of the methodology of the study of religion.

Professor Objectives/Outcomes

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Course Evaluation/Grading System

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Course Policies

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Scholastic Dishonesty

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Cases of scholastic dishonesty will be pursued according to the procedure set forth in the Student Handbook, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” Section J, “Academic Dishonesty."

Academic Freedom

Students have the right to believe whatever they happen to believe and, within the appropriate constraints that follow from the organization of a course and its class meetings, to express those beliefs. Grades will never be based on the beliefs that a student maintains, but only on the quality of the philosophical work performed by a student in conjunction with the course.

Student Discipline

Students at the College have the rights accorded to all persons under the Constitution to Freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility for each individual to accord the same rights to others in the College community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. As willing partners in learning, it is expected that students will comply with College rules and procedures. ACC students are recognized as responsible persons who neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship. Enrollment in the College indicates acceptance of the rules set forth in this policy, administered through the office of the Campus Dean of Student Services. Due process, through an investigation and appeal process, is assured to any student involved in disciplinary action. (See the "Student Discipline Policy" in the Student Handbook, for details.)

Office of Students with Disabilities

"Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester." (Student Handbook, 2002-2003, p. 14)

Other Course Policies

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