REL 230 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration Transfer programs


Course Number and Title:           REL 230, Religions of the World


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:             Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Introduces the religions of the world with attention to origin, history, and doctrine. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 

This is a transfer college level course which counts as a humanities elective in the above programs.


III.           Required background: 

Non-developmental in English.


IV.          Course Content:  This course will survey the basic beliefs, history, major thinkers and practices of the following religions.

A.               Buddhism

B.               Islam

C.               Judaism

D.               Christianity

E.               Confucianism and Taoism

F.                Selected African Religions

G.               Selected Native American Religions

H.               Sikhism

I.                  Shinto

J.                Zoroastrianism


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to identify basic tenets and practices of the major world religions

B.   Be able to explain differences and similarities between world religions.

C.   Understand the influence of sociological, economic and geographical functions on the development of a religion.

D.   Develop an appreciation for the influence of religion on other aspects of a culture such as art and politics.

Students will be evaluated based on some combination of tests, quizzes, writing and other assignments defined by the instructor.  A sustained writing and research project is required in this course.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.




         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding