• Program: Philosophy
  • Course: World Religions
  • Course #: PHIL2500
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the major world religious traditions. Traditions to be studied may include Ancient Greek and Egyptian religions, Native American religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will focus on the historical formation of religions and those who founded them. The course will also examine their scriptures, practices and beliefs and the ways each tradition answers fundamental religious questions concerning the nature of reality, purpose in life, ethics and death.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Conduct respectful religious discussions
Explain religious terms and concepts
Explain historical origins of religion
Identify founders and beliefs of major world religions
Evaluate major world religions' approaches and answers to fundamental questions of the human condition
Apply religious world views to contemporary social, ethical, and political issues
Appreciate historical and contemporary influence of world religions on human culture
Compare major world religions' practices and scriptures
Assess the philosophical underpinnings of religious world views

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 6 & 8
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer literacy skills required
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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