Liberal Arts > Philosophy

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Examines the main moral and religious views of world religions.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  • Increase their knowledge and appreciation of the world’s religions by differentiating how they name The Sacred; (GE1, GE5)
  • identify and distinguish the basic moral tenants, doctrines and religious practices of the world’s major religious traditions; (GE 1, GE5)
  • identify and distinguish myth, ritual, symbol, architecture and artistic expression among the world’s major religious traditions; (GE1, GE5)
  • analyze and interpret primary sources from the world’s major religious traditions; (GE2); and
  • create a project that synthesizes ideas from at two different disciplines (e.g. Anthropology, History, Philosophy, etc.) to address a significant contemporary or enduring problem related to religion. (GE2, GE6)

III. Topics

  • The Study of Religion
    • The definitions of religion
    • Elements of Religion
    • Religion from multiple disciplines (e.g., Anthropology, History, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, etc.)
  • Hinduism
    • Origins of Vedic Religion
    • Theology of Upanishads (e.g., Brahman, Atman, etc.)
    • Sacred Texts (e.g., Bhagavad Gita)
    • Yoga
  • Buddhism
    • Life of Buddha
    • Common Buddhist Teachings
      • Three Marks of Reality
      • Four Noble Truths
      • Five Precepts
    • Branches of Buddhism
      • Theravada
      • Mahayana (e.g., Zen)
      • Tibetan/Vajrayana
  • Taoism
    • Lao Tzu
    • Sacred Texts
    • Central Concepts
      • Tao
      • Wu-Wei
    • Branches
      • Philosophical
      • Religious
  • Confucianism
    • Life of Confucius
    • Sacred Texts
    • Five Great Relationships
    • Confucian Virtues (e.g., Jen/Ren, Wen, etc.)
  • Judaism
    • Covenants (e.g., Abraham, Moses, etc.)
    • Sacred Text (TANAKH).
    • History of Biblical Judaism
      • Divided Kingdoms
      • Destruction of Temples
    • Modern Judaism
      • Beliefs
      • Practices
      • Divisions within Modern Judaism
      • Christianity
  • The Life of Jesus
    • New Testament Literature
    • Common Beliefs and Practices
    • History of Early Christianity
    • Branches of Christianity
      • Eastern Orthodoxy
      • Roman Catholicism
      • Protestantism
  • Islam
    • The Life of Muhammad
    • Sacred Text
    • Early History of Islam
    • Common Beliefs and Practices
    • Branches of Islam
      • Sunni
      • Shiite
      • Sufi
  • Optional – New Religious Movements
  • Religion in the Modern World

Scheduled PHIL-210 classes:

Fall 2019