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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Newark School of Theology | Evaluated Learning Experience

World Religions

Location: 
Newark School of Theology,Two Park Place, Newark, New Jersey.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 45 hours (15 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: January 2001 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - December 2016.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: better see and understand how persons outside of one's own religion understand the world and the meaning of life; know and describe the outlines of the history, beliefs, and practices of some of the major world religions; enter into informed dialogue with adherents of various religious traditions; to compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of one's own tradition with the traditions of others; more prepared to see and understand God and the World with the eyes of others; i.e., to be able to "walk through walls." Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: better see and understand how persons outside of one's own religion understand the world and the meaning of life; know and describe the outlines of the history, beliefs, and practices of some of the major world religions; enter into informed dialogue with adherents of various religious traditions; to compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of one's own tradition with the traditions of others; more prepared to see and understand God and the World with the eyes of others; i.e., to be able to "walk through walls."

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics are: the study of World Religions as World View analysis; other methods: history of religions, phenomenology, cultural anthropology, theological analysis; beliefs, sacred texts, history, and practices of: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course. Version 2: Major topics are: the study of World Religions as World View analysis; other methods: history of religions, phenomenology, cultural anthropology, theological analysis; beliefs, sacred texts, history, and practices of: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in World Religions, or Religion (10/10). Version 2: In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in World Religions, or Religion (10/10).

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