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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Department of Religious Studies REL 3308 Studies in World Religions Fall 2011 _____________________________________________________________________________ _ Instructor:  Mr. Daniel Alvarez                   Class  Hours: TR, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Office Hours:  TBA              Class Room:  SIPA  Auditorium DM 458A or by Appointment                                     Fall  2011 E-Mail Address:   [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION Examines the origins, teachings, and practices of selected world religions.  The specific religions  selected form examination may vary from semester to semester. TEXTBOOKS Lewis M. Hopfe, Mark R. Woodward,  Religions of the World , 11th edition, 2007 Franklin Edgerton,  Bhagavad Gita , Harvard University Press, 1972 INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES 1.  To provide the student with the "raw materials" for the study of religion by immersing the  student in the beliefs, doctrines, rituals, symbols, and (select) scriptures of some of the major  world religions. 2.  To facilitate the informed cross-cultural comparison and evaluation of ways of being religious  by focused study of select world religions. 3.   To widen, enhance and enrich the intellectual and spiritual horizons of the student by  exposure to the spiritual beauty, vitality, coherence, plausibility and richness of non-Christian,  non-Western approaches to the transcendent or ultimate reality. 4.   To challenge the student to enter sympathetically  into the worldview of the religious 
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traditions selected for study. 5.  To provide the context for dialogue and discussion that will enable the student to live in an  enormously complex, interdependent, and religiously plural world with patience, understanding,  and appreciation for that which is different, and in some cases irreconcilably different, from his  or her own "worldview." UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS:  GLOBAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES Global   Awareness:   Students   will   be   able   to   demonstrate   knowledge   of   the  interrelatedness   of   local,   global,   international,   and   intercultural   issues,   trends,   and  systems. o Course   Learning   Outcome:    Students   will   demonstrate   knowledge   of   the  interrelated dynamics (social-cultural, political, economic, etc.) that shape the  actions of multiple figures in diverse cultural contexts. Global Perspectives:   Students will be able to develop a multi-perspective analysis of 
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