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World Religions 101 provides a clear and concise introduction to the major world religions. You'll learn about the people, places, practices and philosophies shaping today's events.  Some religions might be familiar, some strange and some you may never have heard about but why not discover karma, nirvana, yin and yang and the Holy Trinity?

Although many of us think of religion as a belief system practiced through faith, obedience, prayer and worship, you'll find that some religions are more than just a belief in a deity, but an entire philosophy and way of life. 

Explore the religions that have shaped history, civilizations and your next door neighbors views. You will learn about the founders, the history and essential teachings of each of these major religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Taoism, plus brief descriptions of other religions and religious practices.

Why not join this self-paced course and learn about the diverse spiritual paths humanity has taken?  Everyone is welcome!

The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one's own tradition with reverence for different traditions.
-   Abraham Joshua Heschel
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Lesson 1. An Introduction to the Religious Experience

In this first lesson we will introduce the many different religions of the world by first defining the terms of philosophy, worldview, and religion. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Fundamentalism; Liberal Believers; Secular Humanism
  • Take Poll: World Religions (a)
  • Take Poll: World Religions (b)
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Complete Assignment: Differing views of the New and Old Testament
  • Complete Assignment: Why do Humans have Religion?
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz: Introduction to World Religions

Lesson 2: Buddhism

This lesson will focus on the religion of Buddhism. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Buddhism. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Introduction to Buddhism; Online magazine and extensive Buddhist database; Outline of Buddhist Beliefs; Sacred Text: Buddhism
  • Complete: Lesson 2: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz: Buddhism

Lesson 3. Christianity

This lesson will focus on the religion of Christianity. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Christianity (due in part to the Protestant Reformation). 78 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Beliefs of Christianity; Text of Christianity; Luther's 95 Theses
  • Complete: Lesson 3: Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Protestant Reformation
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz: Christianity

Lesson 4. Confucianism

This lesson will focus on the religion and philosophy of Confucianism. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Confucianism. 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Beliefs and Practices of Confucianism; What is Confucianism?; History of Confucianism
  • Complete: Lesson 4: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz: Confucianism

Lesson 5. Hinduism

This lesson will focus on the religion and philosophy of Hinduism. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Hinduism. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Hinduism History; Hinduism Overview; The Main Tenets of Hinduism
  • Complete: Lesson 5: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz: Hinduism

Lesson 6. Islam

This lesson will focus on the religion of Islam. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Islam. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 10 Articles: History of Islam; Islam Holidays; Islam Practices; Islam Symbols; Sacred Text of Islam; Tenets and Beliefs of Islam; The Religion of Islam; Differences between Sunni and Shiite Beliefs; Branches of Islam; New History of Islam Netlink
  • Complete: Lesson 6: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz: Islam

Lesson 7. Judaism

This lesson will focus on the religion of Judaism. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Judaism. 80 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Branches of Judaism; History of Judaism; Signs and Symbols of Judaism; Timeline of the History of Judaism
  • Complete: Lesson 7: Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Differences between Judaism and Christianity
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz: Judaism

Lesson 8. Taoism

This lesson will focus on the religion of Taoism. Topics will include the history, the tenets and beliefs, the symbols, daily practice, and branches of Taoism. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Taoism; Taoists Principles
  • Complete: Lesson 8: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz: Taoism

Lesson 9. Other Religions and Religious Movements

This lesson will focus other religions that play a role in the world today. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: Baha'I; Christian Science; Jainism; Shinto; Wicca; Zoroastrianism
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz: Other Religions & Religious Movements
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Course Title: World Religions 101
Course Number: 7550450
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: C. Michael McKenna
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Learning Outcomes

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

Student Testimonials

  • "The course layout was very rganized. The requirements for each lesson were very clear and detailed. The assignments were relevant to add useful information to one's everyday knowledge. Thanks.......Thanks for making this kind of course work available to those of us at home." -- Margaret T.
  • "This was my first online course. I enjoyed it very much and learned so much. I found all the info to be very useful because I am taking ministerial classes...it helped me to see where others are coming from in their understanding & beliefs." -- Christy J.
  • "The instructor has presented a very organized and interesting course. I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn facts about the world religions. I especially enjoyed doing the assignments. as I had to search for information. I certainly enjoyed my walk with you through the lessons, and I did not want the course to end. Great job!!!" -- Sara H.

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