Rising Hope, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience
45 hours (15 weeks).
September 2012 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: critique theology from various social perspectives; analyze and evaluate fundamental questions about God and God’s work, humanity, will, providence, creation, community, and hope; formulate new ideas as students work towards developing their own “credo"; demonstrate respect for one another's views; apply important theological terms in class discussion, tests, and presentations; and compare and discuss multiple viewpoints on theological concepts including the nature of God, social and ethical implications of theology, atonement, community, creation, hope, and religious pluralism.
Instruction is offered via classroom lectures accompanied by readings, essays, quizzes, homework, a panel presentation, cooperative learning activities, and a final exam. Major topics include: understandings of the nature of God and how God relates to humanity. How can we talk about God and what God is? How can suffering be understood? Where is God in the struggle for justice and liberation? How can understanding of God change during life? What can be said about God’s relationship to the world and to humanity in light of the many different kinds of claims that exist about God? This course examines some of the answers in the traditions of Christian theology and its related religious and philosophical traditions. Prerequisite: College Writing I.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Theology (9/17).