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James K. Wellman
RELIG 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions

History of religions, concentrating on religious traditions that have developed west of the Indus. Primary attention to the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and to their ancient world background with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.

Class description

This course is a comparative introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While each of these traditions arose within the Middle East their influence has spread across all the continents. We will track these diverse traditions in their historical development, examing their ideas, practices and consequences on Western culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and dicussion sections

Recommended preparation

Curiosity about the subject and strong critical thinking skills.

Class assignments and grading

The course assignments usually consist of a midterm and a final.

Ability to express a creative and critical comprehension of class materials including the lectures, required readings and active participation in section discussions.


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 Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 05/08/2002