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I would definitely recommend Philosophy 1304 (Introduction to World Religions) at Richland College in Dallas, Texas. Professor Ewing makes it his priority that our diverse class of students respect each religion and culture that we discuss. With the incorporation of guest speakers and religious films, the topic of discussion is always very interesting. Learning about new religious affiliations while also growing your own faith is a very fulfilling experience. This course is a Learning Community between English 1301 and Philosophy/ World Religions. The connections between the two subjects are incorporated in the idea of utopia and dystopia. In the course, we study the life and works of Sir Thomas More, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, as well as many other utopian and dystopian works. The integration of our growing knowledge of different religions is majorly helpful in deciphering these different literary pieces.
The in depth discussions of our perceptions of utopia challenged me to think about altering my idea of a "perfect universe." The fact that this class takes advantage of a different way of thinking sparked my interest and is definitely a highlight of the course. The entire idea of philosophy is understanding different perceptions and asking the question "why?" Applying this way of thinking to becoming knowledgeable on different world religions and literary works is difficult, yet intriguing. The entirety of the course taught me that there is a lot of things that are up for interpretation. Not only do the students get a chance to learn about religious affiliations that they may not be familiar with, but they are provided with opportunities to connect their understandings to different subject matters.
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Any students considering this course should understand that it is definitely challenging. This Learning Community includes Philosophy and World Religions in connection with English. There are many opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of religions that they know little about as well as ones that may have never heard of. It is extremely beneficial in grasping a vast comprehension of new ways of thinking as well. The coordination between the subjects is captivating and advantageous in the growth of my educational career.