RL ST 083S
First-Year Seminar in Religious Studies (3) Critical approaches to the dimensions and directions in Religious Studies.
RL ST 083S First-Year Seminar in Religious Studies (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Students will be expected to master material relative to the introductory study of a major world religion or aspect thereof, as well as to acquire basic skills useful to the study of the liberal arts. Students will learn to read books and original documents, discuss them, formulate effective arguments, and write essays and papers. The course will challenge students to express themselves and to gather information through discussion and writing of papers about major world religion(s) or aspect(s) of world religion(s). It will challenge students to think about social behavior, the nature of community, and the value of scholarly endeavor as these relate to the particular topic of the seminar. Frequently, the course will deal with intercultural and international topics, though some of the variable topics may not readily lend themselves to such analysis. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and research projects, students will become acquainted with major figures and developments in a major world religion, as well as to acquire basic skills useful to the study of the liberal arts. Students will learn to read books and original documents, discuss them, formulate effective arguments, and write essays and papers. Analysis of this type will provide students with techniques for appreciating and judging arguments and presentations in many fields of learning distinct from religion, from scholarly to popular. By reading and understanding religious texts and the arguments based on them, students will learn to consider the cultural assumptions of different groups and societies and will come to discern and, perhaps, gain deeper insight into their own values and assumptions by contrast with these. Although the course will focus on a specific topic, the instructor will help the student to see the wider implications of the issues and controversies discussed. Whenever possible, the international and intercultural aspects of the topic will be considered. The course fulfills the first-year requirement as well as one of the humanities requirements in general education or a Bachelor of Arts humanities requirement.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.