This course examines various interpretations and comparative understanding of the definition of religion from perspectives of sociologist, anthropologist, psychologist and theologians. The course also explores theoretical concepts and approaches to major categories and themes in the study of religion. The main purpose of the course is to introduce students to key concepts and categories in the field of religious studies and how they influence their understanding of religious belief and experience. Overlap: RELS 301 Introduction to Religious Studies.
- Assess the dynamic relationship between religion and culture and how religion expresses itself in culture.
- Demonstrate analytical skills in discerning religious experience and how religious worldview influences individual/societal belief and behavior.
- Know key concepts, ideas and approaches to the study of religion.
- Know the definition of religion as defined by major thinkers in religion and philosophy.
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
- Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
- Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
- Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
- Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.