PHIL 25: COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS: WEST
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Foothill GE:||Area I: Humanities|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify significant concepts, figures and religious thinkers (ex. Moses, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad etc.) from the Western religious traditions.
- Explain and evaluate historically important Western religious figures and theories.
The student will be able to:
A. analyze and evaluate historic and contemporary development of religious ideas that develop in the Western world.
C. understand the problems and mysteries which religion attempts to solve.
D. understand the thought and culture of other peoples and the role of religion in human history.
F. identify important people, texts and events of early religion as well as those of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
A. Religious thinking of primary cultures.
4. Purification rites.
6. Early views on death.
B. Early National Religions.
C. Zoroastrianism and its early influences upon Judaism.
1. Monotheism and dualism.
2. Light and darkness.
3. Good and evil.
1. Judaism as an historical religion.
2. The function of revelation and covenant.
3. Holy Scripture.
a. Establishment of synagogue system.
b. Rabbinical authority.
1. The life of Jesus.
a. The birth of Jesus.
c. His time in the desert.
d. The three temptations by the evil one.
f. Death and resurrection.
2. The teaching of Jesus in the synoptic gospels.
3. Paul and the early Church.
6. Contemporary denominations.
1. The life of the Prophet Muhammad.
a. The night of power.
b. The revelation of the Qur'an.
d. The return to Mecca.
2. Pillars of Faith.
a. Belief in the absolute singularity of God.
b. Belief in Angels.
c. Belief in God's revealed books.
d. Belief in the prophets as messengers of God.
e. Belief in the Day of Judgment.
f. Belief in Al-Qadar (divine predestination).
3. Pillars of Practice.
a. Shahada: The Testimony of Faith.
b. Salat: Daily prayer.
c. Zakat: Charity.
d. Fasting for the month of Ramadan.
e. Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
B. Midterm examination.
C. Final examination.
D. Written reports.
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Online postings
D. Readings of, and responses to, primary and secondary literature
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Mathews, Warren. World's Religions 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Cengage Publishing, 2013.
Noss, David S. A History of the World's Religions. 13th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2012.
Smith, Huston. The World's Religions. San Francisco, CA: HarperOne Publishers, 2009.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading and written reflections on the text.
B. Reading and written reflection on the written lectures.
C. Engaging with peers and exchanging comments on each others' assignments.
D. Web research on the Zoroastrian religion and written reflection on research.
E. Completing a final project which consists of a field visit to a religious service that would be a new experience from anything done in the past.