PLA Course Subjects
Prior Learning Assessment Course Subjects
- Religious Sects and Cults (REL-286) 3.00 s.h.
- Study of the rise of religious cults and fundamentalist sects in modern society. Covers both religious and political groups of interest to course participants. Discusses sociological, psychological, and ethical issues raised by these groups.
- Religious Counseling Techniques (REL-324) 3.00 s.h.
- Examination of the theories and techniques as well as the problems in counseling in a religious setting.
- Religious Rituals (REL-288) 3.00 s.h.
- Examination of the structure and ideas that constitute cultural practice, to include religious, life-cycle. ceremonial, and everyday behavior. Focuses on a specific ritual such as pilgrimage, sacrifice, initiation, and death rituals, after a general introduction to the study of ritual. Analyzes the ritual in terms of its constituent activities and historical, social, political, and ideological contexts. Emphasizes comparison of practices and ideas cross-culturally.
- The Power of Myth (REL-350) 3.00 s.h.
- Study of the power and impact of myths, rituals and religious symbols found in a variety of religious traditions including examples from ancient and contemporary religious life. Variety of religious phenomena; validity of different approaches to the study of religion.
- Introduction to Religion (REL-100) 3.00 s.h.
- Important and typical ways of being religious; exploring such questions as the nature of religious experience, the nature and function of religious scripture, stories, beliefs, and rituals, and the roles of religions in social and individual life.
- Religion II (REL-102) 3.00 s.h.
- Continued study of important and typical ways of being religious; exploring such questions as the nature of religious experience, the nature and function of religious scripture, stories, beliefs, and rituals, and the roles of religions in social and individual life.
- Women in Religion (REL-201) 3.00 s.h.
The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of women's religious experiences, practices, and beliefs as well as their role and status in Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The student should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical and contemporary roles of women in religious leadership, contemporary woman-oriented spiritual movements and their religious practices, and the impact of the women's movement and feminist thought on the religious life of women over the last 100 years.
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:
- Compare women's religious experiences, practices, and beliefs in the five major religions.
- Explain the role of women within specific religious institutions and religious communities.
- Identify the historical context in which women's religious roles emerged, paying particular attention to leadership roles.
- Compare and contrast contemporary woman-oriented spiritual movements and their religious practices.
- Analyze the impact of the women's movement and feminist thought on the religious life of women.
- Religion and Psychology II (REL-252) 3.00 s.h.
- Selected psychological investigations and/or theories of religious phenomena; the implications for constructive theology and positive religious response.
- Anthropology of Religion (ANT-335) 3.00 s.h.
- Tribal and folk religious of the world. Cross-cultural comparison of religious roles and concepts. Sociopolitical and economic concomitants.
- Religion and Psychology I (REL-251) 3.00 s.h.
- The views of faith and the religious person reached by such major psychological approaches as Freudian, Neo-Freudian, analytic-ego, existential and Jungian. The implications of such psychology for Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant believers and religious thinkers.
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