RELI 211: Introduction to Religions of the "West"

RELI 211-DL1: Religions of the West
(Spring 2024)


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Section Information for Spring 2024

In this course, students primarily explore the history, practices, beliefs, and contemporary
developments of the three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students
will examine these three religious traditions thematically and comparatively, in order to understand
the similarities, differences, and relationships among them. The exploration of these three religions
and their traditions is conducted against the backdrop of the academic study of religion and the
religions of Antiquity. Finally, students examine Indigenous traditions and new religious movements,
before exploring current issues such as religion and politics, fundamentalism, religious diversity, the
environment, and gender and sexuality in Western religious traditions. 

RELI 211 DL1 is an online asynchronous section.

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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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