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REL 101 Introduction to Religion

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    Jan 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Amazing professor will help you when you need it and wants you to succeed not only in her class but in life.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the fundamental beliefs and values if the three Abrahamic religions which i will take with me to ensure that i treat people of different religions with respect.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Just pay attention and and stay focus

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr.Shaw
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    During this course I learned that other religions are not so different from each other. I was taught on several religions such as; Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity have many things that are alike. I have been raised in the Christian faith so had no knowledge of anything else. This class helped me understand other religions and why they live the way that they do.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell students to go into this class with an open mind. It is normal to believe that the religion you practice is the only religion that is right, but you must see why people practice religions other than the one you practice.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Whitaker
    • Yes
    • Group Projects Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations
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    Nov 05, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Religion 101 is an interesting course that is designed to help students quickly learn and remember the fundamentals of the many religions of the world through engaging class sessions, video clips, art, texts and architecture. Religion 101 offers a fascinating and memorable glimpse at the sacred stories, traditions, and doctrines that have influenced today's most popular religions. From Jesus, to the Four Noble Truths, to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, this exhilarating course provides you with thought-provoking insight into the customs and beliefs of common faiths like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam.

    Course highlights:

    Although I grew up being a Christian, I always had a slight obsession with Buddha. I found his teachings and sayings very special and valuable, and I considered him to be one of the wisest gods in the religious world. Thanks to this course, I was able to learn about Buddha and his teachings on a much deeper level. Asides learning about Buddha, I got to learn about religious experiences, religious art, religion and politics, myths and religious stories, sacred space and time, as well as various theodicies that explain the cause of evil and suffering. Religion 101 has truly opened my mind and helped me become a more enlightened and well-rounded student! My perspective on people in general has changed a lot because I've been able to understand life and faith on a larger scale.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to excel and enjoy this course, it is imperative that you are open minded. Do not be biased or judgmental at all. You must be willing to learn about religions that differ from yours, and be ready to learn new things that may shock and fascinate you. If you are a prejudicial person, then this course might not be for you. You have to be cautious and respectful of other people's feelings when making comments or contributions in class. Do not think that your religion is superior to others, otherwise you would bring forth trouble for yourself and in your studies. Understand that the aim of this course is not to force you to believe in another religion - but to teach you ABOUT other religions. Lastly, if you want to take something away from this course, you just might have to read a lot. In my school, our teacher usually makes students have a couple of discussions, either in class or online. Religion 101 will require it's students to give their input on various topics, ranging from stories and myths to religious art and places. You have to be able to read lengthy texts and give your feedback on them. Overall, this is a very informative and fun course; just be open minded and ready to learn, and I am sure you'll do just fine!

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr Stern
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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