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PHIL 004: Comparative Religions

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the critical, comparative study of religion. The student is introduced to the responses offered by the major Western and non-Western religions to perennial problems of human existence. Major topics include: characterization of the religious vs the secular point of view; arguments in favor of the religious stance; arguments in opposition to the religious stance; the relationship of religion to science, ethics, and philosophy; the nature and validity of religious knowledge; the beliefs of major world religions and how these beliefs are expressed; how different religious beliefs affect the culture and history of European, Arabic, and Asian peoples. The religions covered include Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade, Pass/No Pass
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 48 – 54
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 0

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: None

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: C. Humanities
    F. Cultural Diversity
  • CSU GE: Area C - Arts and Humanities: C2- Humanities
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 3 - Arts and Humanities: 3B- Humanities
Last Updated 7/19/23