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Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryReligion 101: Intro to World Religions has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. The course is taught by expert instructors and offers engaging lessons and mini quizzes. Complete the course to jumpstart your degree and save time and money in school.
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The course objective is to study the history, origins, rituals and basic tenets of the world's major religions.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the definition of religion, theories on religion's origin, the differences between polytheism and monotheism and types of primal religions and mystery cults
- State the origins of Hinduism, its sacred texts, its deities, the castes, the four stages of life and the four aims, and rituals, ceremonies and festivals
- Examine the founding of Buddhism and the significance of the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the Middle Way
- Summarize the beginnings of Confucianism, its five relationships, the concept of the dual soul and its origins in China, Japan, and Korea
- Describe the origins of Taoism, its texts, the differing sects, and the development of institutional Taoism
- Recall the biography of Muhammad and examine the Qur'an, the five pillars of the Islamic faith, Sharia law, scientific and cultural advancements during the Islamic Golden Age, and the major sects
- Compare the laws and beliefs of Judaism as outlined in the Torah and Talmud, the history of Christian anti-Semitism in medieval Europe and holidays and rituals
- Explain the basics of the gospels, early Christian church persecution, ties to Judaism, the Crusades, various sects of Christianity and the major saints and thinkers
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Religion 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Religion 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Religion 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Bygone Religions||Discover the definition of religion as well as theories on religion's origin. Survey types of primal religions and mystery cults. Explore the myths of Babylon, Greece, and Rome alongside Meso-American religions and rites of passage.|
|World Religion: Hinduism||Study the origins of Hinduism, its sacred texts and its deities. Get a synopsis of the Bhagavad Gita and the Epic of Ramayana. Differentiate between the Hindu castes, the four stages of life and the four aims. Learn about Hindu rituals, ceremonies and festivals, and discover how the invasion of Western culture impacted this religion.|
|World Religion: Buddhism||Examine the founding of Buddhism and the significance of the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the Middle Way. Find out what's in the Pali Canon and learn about Buddhist monasticism. Discover the differences between Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism and Japanese Zen Buddhism.|
|World Religion: Confucianism||Consider the beginnings of Confucianism as well as its five relationships. Examine the concept of the dual soul and the teachings of Mencius, Hsun-tzu and Tung Chung-shu. Discover the place of Confucianism in China, Japan and Korea. Identify the distinguishing characteristics of Neo-Confucianism.|
|World Religion: Taoism||Explore the origins of Taoism and get an overview of its texts. Follow the development of institutional Taoism and examine the effects of this religion on science. Identify the differences between Taoist sects.|
|World Religion: Islam||Study the biography of Muhammad and examine the Qur'an. Examine the five pillars of the Islamic faith and Sharia law. Survey Ottoman history alongside the scientific and cultural advancements during the Islamic Golden Age. Learn to differentiate between Sunni and Shiite sects as well as offshoots of Islam.|
|World Religion: Judaism||Review the differences between monotheism and polytheism. Identify the laws and beliefs of Judaism as outlined in the Torah and Talmud. Develop an awareness of Christian anti-Semitism in medieval Europe. Study the history of Jewish denominations, holidays, and rituals.|
|World Religion: Christianity||Get a synopsis of the Gospels. Consider the early Christian church's persecution and ties to Judaism. Follow the Crusades and assess schisms between Eastern and Western churches. Survey the lives of St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and Martin Luther. Consider the impact of the Reformation and the 20th century ecumenical movement.|
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|Completed the entire Religion 101: Intro to World Religions course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
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