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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: RELI 101
Course Title: Religion and Human Experience
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Provides an objective setting to encourage students to examine religion and various religious traditions in the world, with opportunities to understand religion in the context of their own experiences. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.  G.E.


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Exploring Religious Meaning
By Monk, et al. (Prentice Hall)
Anatomy of the Sacred
By Livingston (Prentice Hall)
Religion: A Search for Meaning
By Huff and Wetheritt (McGraw-Hill)
Rethinking Religion
By Deming (Oxford)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the various ways of defining religion and the implications of each;
  • To develop insight into the development of religion in personality and in social groups and societies;
  • To be acquainted with characteristics of several of the major religions of the world by studying some of their beliefs and practices;
  • To think critically about the connection between religion and culture and between religion and self-understanding.
    Measurable Learning
  • Analyze possible definitions of “Religion”
  • Provide a personal definition of religion that is defensible.
  • Analyze implications of definition of religion on existing social practices.
  • Explore aspects of religion and the socio-cultural context in which they exist.
  • Express in writing the various aspects of major world religions and the connection between religion, culture and self-understanding.
    Topical Outline:
  • Introduction to religion.
  • Problems of defining religion/understanding the self.
  • Sin and guilt/death and the self.
  • Representation in religions and faith experience.
  • Magic and religion/myth/ritual/symbol/mysticism
  • Major themes in some religions of the world.
  • Hinduism/Buddhism/Judaism/Christianity.
  • American Indian spirituality/New Age Religion.

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Mark Price Date: May 1, 2010
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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