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Religions of the World: Celebrating Diversity

Course #: EDUC_716O

Semester Credits: 3

Cost: $375.00

In and out of the classroom, persons of different religious backgrounds coexist in the U.S. It is one of the most passionate topics that joins and divides society; yet little is known of the various beliefs. Because of this rapidly changing role, status and place of the diverse religions and traditions in our global society, the subject could not be more vital or topical; it affects society on so many levels, including your school. As a result, there is a need for educational professionals to gain more insight and information of the beliefs, traditions, festivals, and practices of the major and minor faiths that exist today. All of this information will help celebrate diversity with students, as well as improve communication regarding any potential religious issues stemming from them with students, their families, and colleagues; thereby enriching everyone's lives.

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, counselor, or educational consultant, you will benefit from the outstanding research and experience of the highly-respected and internationally-renowned global religions experts, Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O'Brien, and Martin Palmer. Through the extensive study on major and minor religions and their various sects, they have created a comprehensive guide to world religions with emphasis on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, and Baha'i.

This vital, modern-day course for educational professionals of all grade levels, offers an accurate and easily-accessible reference tool, written in plain English. Included is crucial information on the world religions that affect the lives of your students, their families, and colleagues. This timely and comprehensive overview is a much-needed resource where you will not only benefit from the knowledge, but you will be anxious to celebrate the diversity while sharing this information and insight within your classroom, subject area, and/or school.

a. Understand the principal tenets of contemporary world religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shintoism, Taoism, and Baha'i and the sects stemming from them
b. Benefit from the comprehensive overview regarding the religions' origins, beliefs, traditions, and festivals
c. Gain insight into the deep-seated emotions behind global faiths to better grasp their intensity as a way of life and celebrate its diversity
d. Investigate the fascinating range of major global religions and explore their differences and similarities
e. Understand the need to improve and display religious respect
f. Benefit from the many diagrams including ones of houses of worship and Holy Day calendar wheels highlighting the special days and festivals
g. Learn from the map details displaying where particular religions were previously dominant, and how those same areas may be different today based on factors such as mission work or displacement
h. Benefit from flow charts of how religions splintered into separate denominations
i. Learn about the earliest roots of religion and the traditions of indigenous faiths
j. Gain further clarity with a comprehensive glossary of terms
k. Celebrate the diversity of world religions and appreciate issues affecting the daily lives of your students, their families and colleagues in order to better communicate, relate, and contribute to society

This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Contemporary World History and Politics

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