Religions of the World

Discipline: Religion General
Instructor: Laycock
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1250
End: 1405
Field Work: Day 1 OR 4 | Morocco Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world’s major religions. We will also explore how these religions respond to “big questions” such as why we are here, how we ought to live our lives, and what happens when we die. Students will learn the discipline of comparative religion so that they can critically analyze the similarities as well as the differences between these traditions. We will also wrestle with the problem of defining what religion is.

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 1 OR 4

We will visit sites associated with each of the three Abrahamic religions: The Hassan II Mosque, the Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur, and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. This will be an opportunity to study the architecture and worship space of these three faiths as well as the history of how they have interacted in Northern Africa.
Academic Objectives:
  1. Compare art and architecture of multiple religious traditions.
  2. Observe multiple religious traditions “in the field.”
  3. Observe the similarities and differences between the three Abrahamic traditions.