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Course Description

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This course surveys the major trends in religious beliefs and practices and their social impact since the Reformation. The focus of the course is on the British Isles and North America with some discussion of developments in Continental Europe.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Recall certain basic facts of religious doctrine and historical development in a manner which allows you to define themes and basic concepts which cut across boundaries;
  2. Discuss concepts and events with your peers using facts to support your remarks;
  3. Articulate your ideas in essays based on and evaluated through the form invented by Montesquieu (hypotheses supported by specific evidence from history and thematically oriented);
  4. Develop competence in combining and developing an understanding of basic themes through a knowledge of historical development; and
  5. Evaluate the usefulness of these themes in understanding the nature of the complex relationship between religion and society.

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 2.00 credits


Assessment Items Weight
Discussion 1 5%
Discussion 2 10%
Essay Proposal 10%
Discussion 3 10%
Essay 30%
Discussion 4 10%
Take-Home Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

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