Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 246
- Course Number:
- HST 246
- Course Title:
- Religion in U.S. to 1840
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Course DescriptionCovers the basic features and effects of Native American religious revitalization movements, European backgrounds of Christian denominations, development of different religious groups, church-state relations, the struggle for religious liberty and how they shaped the beliefs, behaviors and institutions of colonial America and the early United States. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
After successful completion of HST 246 the student will be able to:
· Articulate an understanding of the nature, key events and impact of religion on colonial America and early U.S. life and culture.
· Recognize and appreciate the value of a diversity of religious beliefs, behaviors and institutions and how they influenced churchstate relations and the struggle for the free exercise of religion.
· Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of various religious groups in order to assess how beliefs affect behavior and institutions.
· Communicate effectively regarding issues in the history of religion in the United States.
· Connect religious heritage with contemporary religious issues to create a more informed
perspective and enhance civic engagement.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods. The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:
- Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.
- Individual or team oral presentations.
- Formal written papers that present and analyze historical topics or issues.
- Participation in, and contribution to large and small group discussions and activities.
- Quizzes, exams, and exercises.
- Evaluate different interpretations of the same event.
- Associate past events to contemporary times.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- The origins and development of religious beliefs or practices
- Relationship between religion and politics
- Religious movements, revivalism
- Theological commonalities among religious faiths
- Religion and social movements
- Freedom of Religion
- Civic religion
- Religious pluralism
- Self-understanding of the faithful (world view)
- Social justice
- Traditional religions
- Freedom of Religion
- Spiritual belief and individual conscience (dissension)
- Ethnicity, gender and social class
- Inter- and intra-religious controversies
- Religious awakenings
- Religious acculturation
- Critical thinking
- Evaluate interpretations of historical events
- Effective communication orally and in writing
- Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events
- Problem solving
- Working collaboratively with others
- Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience
- Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge