WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World

Liberal Arts
Religious Studies
Academic Level
Course Subject
World Religions
Course Number
Course Title
Religious Traditions in the World
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the beliefs, practices, and experiences of the major world religious traditions. In addition to examining the particulars of each faith, this course emphasizes current perspectives in religious studies that serve to clarify the nature and functions of religion as a force shaping, and being shaped by, the increasingly pluralistic contemporary world. Religion will be treated seriously as an important part of people’s identity and a crucial prerequisite for understanding and appreciating others and selves.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To promote religious literacy, civil discourse, mutual respect and critical thinking.

Core Course Topics
  1. Understanding Religion
  2. The academic approach to Religious Studies
  3. Indigenous Religions
  4. Hinduism
  5. Buddhism
  6. Chinese Religions
  7. Judaism
  8. Christianity
  9. Islam
  10. Contemporary challenges to the future of religion
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the nature of religion and its key characteristics
  2. Identify and analyze the most important events, personalities, places, and stories/texts of the world’s major religious traditions
  3. Describe the basic beliefs, practices, and histories of the world’s major religious traditions
  4. Demonstrate the powerful interaction between religions and their wider cultural contexts and explain how the mingling of the two often leads to popular misunderstandings of religion*
  5. Critically analyze some major tensions existing between certain religious traditions, for example rival truth claims
  6. Critically analyze how ongoing developments in science, technology, and the converging global society impact religious traditions.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.  Such methods could include objective style tests, essays, research papers, journals, projects, etc.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022