HUMN 7H: HONORS GLOBAL RELIGIONS: CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES & PERSPECTIVES
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Fall 2020|
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in HUMN 7.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Compare diverse religious traditions by explaining how they influence contemporary life and thought in different social, political and cultural circumstances around the globe.
- Contrast differing religious attitudes toward Western civilization and civil rights movements
- Explain the relationship between religion, science, and the arts and how they intersect
- Synthesize critical thinking, imaginative, cooperative and empathetic abilities as whole persons in order to contextualize knowledge and make meaning.
The student will be able to:
A. engage in critical, creative, and independent thinking.
B. express curiosity about the intersection of religion and culture.
C. broaden perspectives on how religious thought influences topics such as human rights, war, peace, globalization, etc.
D. apply critical approaches to the analysis of various modes of cultural production in relation to various religious practices and understanding.
E. explain the relationship between religion, art and social organization in both Western and non-Western contexts.
F. use diverse religious practices and cultural traditions as a framework for a more complex understanding of the contemporary world.
G. analyze cultural production as both instruments of social control and ideological change.
H. develop the habit of learning and responding to new ideas and challenges.
I. think through moral and ethical problems and to examine one's own assumptions.
J. improve both oral and written communication, especially through critical reading and analysis.
A. Religion in the Space of Politics
1. Conflict and Peace-building
2. Human Rights
B. Religion in the Space of Ethics
2. Death and Dying
5. Reproductive Rights
C. Religion in the Space of Aesthetics
1. Contemporary Visual Art
2. Contemporary Music
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Systematic and continuous participation in the course.
B. Three or more one-page response papers.
C. Development of research project in the representation of trauma.
D. Demonstration of critical, analytical research and writing skills.
E. Final examination.
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Cooperative learning exercises
D. Oral presentations
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Woodward, Kenneth. Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama. Convergent Books, 2016.
Hecht, Richard, and Vincent F. Biondo. Religion and Culture. Fortress Press, 2012.
Singleton, Andrew. Religion, Culture & Society: A Global Approach. Sage Publications, 2014.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Philosophical and literary critical readings (15-50 pages) designed to familiarize students with ongoing debates and perspectives related to the intersection of religion, culture and politics.
b. Bi-weekly one to three-page essays requiring summary, interpretation, analysis, and synthesis of both original and secondary texts.