Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 204 Effective Summer 2015
- Course Number:
- PHL 204
- Course Title:
- Philosophy of Religion
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Course DescriptionExamines the philosophical questions and approaches involving religious concepts associated with faith, God, mysticism, morality, identity, language, and death. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Recognize and reflect on the philosophical concerns that are raised by classical and contemporary philosophical discussions in order to critically assess the truth and validity of arguments found in some of the following issues: proofs of Gods existence, the case for atheism, the relation between faith and reason, the relation between science and religion, the relation between morality and religion, the problem of evil, the miraculous, religious experience, Gods attributes, the existence of the soul and life after death.
- Reflect on and evaluate the philosophical assumptions that are embedded in ones own ideas about religious issues and those that permeate our culture in order to effectively communicate with others that might have divergent points of view.
- Recognize and reflect on the interconnectedness and the historical development of ideas regarding religious issues in order to be conscious of the historical context of religious ideas and their significance in our culture and the culture of others.
Course Activities and Design
The course will involve lecture and discussion.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Grades will be based on essay examinations and other written material.
Any other requirements will be discussed the first week of classes.