RELI 211: Introduction to Religions of the "West"

RELI 211-001: Religions of the West
(Spring 2024)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Krug Hall 7

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Section Information for Spring 2024

 The study of religions and the ways that they are practiced has fascinated
students in all walks of life for as far back as you might care to look — people
who are interested in people tend also to be interested in how they think, and in
what ways they express their beliefs. If it sounds like religion, society, and culture
are closely intertwined, then you’re hearing me correctly.
 The course will begin with an explanation of some basic concepts in the study
of religion — the types of questions that we can ask that are both respectful to the
religion being studied and useful in understanding the religion. We will then focus
primarily on the origins, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,
as well as the different cultural contexts in which they are practiced. Along the
way, we will encounter a few other religions, but we will remain primarily
focused on those three. Lectures, assignments, and exams (yes, exams!) are
designed to help us all make connections across religions, and we’ll each gain a
larger understanding of the historical, geographical, and cultural dimensions of
the world’s religions. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Focuses on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other global and local religions of Europe, Asia Minor, north Africa, and the Americas from historical, comparative, and cross-cultural perspectives. May include modern developments of religions like Mormonism, Baha'ism, and Scientology as well as other religions of ancient Asia Minor like Zoroastrianism. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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