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Nicole Calian
B CUSP 192
Bothell Campus

Cross-Cultural Philosophies and Religions

A cross cultural examination of philosophical and religious perspectives on basic questions of human life such as meaning, reality, knowledge, and action, with the aim of developing a sense of the rich complexity of varying cultural and interpretive traditions. Offered: Sp.

Class description

In this class we will study five world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam through their sacred texts, through film and literature. We will approach the sacred scripture of these religions as literature, and as such, ask how open they are to methods of interpretation. Additionally, cultural representations such as films, short stories and novels will aid us in acquiring a critical and more complex picture of the devotional practices related to these five religions.

Student learning goals

Acquire geographical and cultural knowledge in the context of selected major religions.

Learn how to engage in research projects related to an element of religious practice.

Demonstrate in writing, presentations and discussion the ability to think creatively and critically.

Critically understand intersections between religion, politics, and globalization and their representation in film and fiction.

Critically compare and interpret religious texts.

General method of instruction

Lectures, small group discussion, team work. In this class, we will adopt a Team Based Learning Approach. This means you will be working as a team throughout the quarter. You will not write papers, but rather present creative projects for the rest of the class.

Recommended preparation

Curiosity and openness.

Class assignments and grading

-Short individual quizzes -Short quizzes taken as a team -Projects

Individual and team work; class participation; attendance;


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nicole Calian
Date: 02/02/2013