Course Syllabus


Course Description

Journey through World Religions

In an ever-globalizing world, understanding the cultural tapestries that unite and diversify humanity has never been more pertinent. At the heart of these cultural distinctions and commonalities are the world religions, each bearing its own history, philosophy, and influence on humanity's collective story. World Religions 101 is your passport to an enlightening exploration of these profound systems of belief and their immeasurable impacts on today's global events.

Dive deep into the intricacies of beliefs and philosophies, ranging from the familiar tenets of major religions to the esoteric traditions of lesser-known faiths. Delve into the depths of karma, unearth the tranquility in nirvana, balance the duality of yin and yang, and fathom the mysteries of the Holy Trinity.

Religion is often perceived primarily as a system of faith, manifesting through prayer, worship, and a commitment to a higher power. However, as you journey through this course, you'll discover that many religions transcend mere belief in a deity. They encompass an all-encompassing philosophy, a code of ethics, and a way of life that influences decisions, both monumental and mundane.

Course Highlights:

  • Foundational Knowledge: Learn about the central figures, epoch-making events, and fundamental teachings that constitute major religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Taoism.

  • Diverse Spiritual Explorations: Dive into an array of beliefs and practices across various cultures and timelines. Grasp the essence of religious experiences, from the fervent prayer sessions in a mosque to the meditative rituals in Buddhist monasteries.

  • Inclusive Learning: This course is not limited to just major religions. It expands its horizon by including brief yet insightful descriptions of other spiritual practices and religious movements, ensuring a holistic appreciation of global faith practices.

Course Breakdown:

  1. An Introduction to the Religious Experience: Initiate your journey by understanding the essence of spiritual experiences and their universal appeal across different religions.

  2. Buddhism: Step into the world of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Discover the life of Siddhartha Gautama and the essence of Buddhist teachings.

  3. Christianity: Explore the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the significance of the Bible, and the diverse denominations within Christianity.

  4. Confucianism: Understand the teachings of Confucius, a philosophy that has shaped East Asian societies with its focus on ethics, family, and societal harmony.

  5. Hinduism: Delve into the world's oldest religion, its sacred scriptures, multitude of gods and goddesses, and its profound philosophical schools.

  6. Islam: Understand the pillars of Islam, the significance of the Quran, and the life of Prophet Muhammad.

  7. Judaism: Trace the history of the Jewish people, their sacred texts, and the core beliefs and traditions of Judaism.

  8. Taoism: Embark on a journey through Taoist philosophies, the significance of Tao Te Ching, and its influence on Chinese culture and beyond.

  9. Other Religions and Religious Movements: Venture beyond the mainstream and explore an array of diverse spiritual practices that have shaped communities and cultures worldwide.

Why World Religions 101?

Religions, with their intricate ceremonies, sacred texts, and profound philosophies, are more than just systems of belief. They are repositories of millennia-old wisdom, narratives of human experiences, and mirrors reflecting the moral and ethical standards of societies.

By enrolling in this self-paced course, you not only enhance your understanding of global spiritual practices but also foster a sense of respect and appreciation for the myriad ways humans seek purpose, solace, and understanding in this vast universe.

Step into this enlightening journey and appreciate the multifaceted mosaic of human belief and spirituality. All are welcome in this odyssey of understanding and discovery.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize Buddhism.
  • Summarize Christianity.
  • Summarize Confucianism.
  • Summarize Hinduism.
  • Summarize Islam.
  • Summarize Judaism.
  • Summarize Taoism.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Assignment: Introduce Yourself 10 points
Differing views of the New and Old Testament 50 points
Why do Humans have Religion? 20 points
Lesson 1 Quiz: Introduction to World Religions 50 points
Lesson 2: Assignment 20 points
Is Buddhism Relevant Today? 20 points
Lesson 2 Quiz: Buddhism 40 points
Lesson 3: Assignment 20 points
Protestant Reformation 40 points
Lesson 3 Quiz: Christianity 18 points
Lesson 4: Assignment 20 points
Is Confucianism a Religion? 20 points
Lesson 4 Quiz: Confucianism 18 points
Lesson 5: Assignment 20 points
Is Hinduism Growing? 20 points
Lesson 5 Quiz: Hinduism 20 points
Lesson 6: Assignment 40 points
Muslim Growth 20 points
Lesson 6 Quiz: Islam 50 points
Lesson 7: Assignment 20 points
Differences between Judaism and Christianity 40 points
Lesson 7 Quiz: Judaism 20 points
Lesson 8: Assignment 20 points
What is up with Taoism? 20 points
Lesson 8 Quiz: Taoism 20 points
What is Wicca? 20 points
Lesson 9 Quiz: Other Religions & Religious Movements 18 points
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