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World Foundations I

World Foundations 101 is the first half of a two-course sequence that examines great world civilizations through literature, art, music, philosophy, and history. Two aspects of this course sequence give it power. First, the integration of disciplines-literature, art, architecture, history, religion, philosophy, music and politics-in our study of various civilizations should produce a rich appreciation for the immense potential of the human spirit. Second, the use of two themes-redemption and moral revelation-throughout the two courses will provide a point of view that can help you, the student, make connections between the cultures, civilizations, and periods of time that we study and explore how God strives with his children to help them reach their potential.

Course Outcomes

  • Have a general and specific understanding of various redemption patterns and moral truths.
  • Understand historical contributions up to the 15th Century (history as context for our lives).
  • Understand relationship of civilization (just society) to Redemption (Religious ritual and myth).
  • Contextualized historical overview of several civilizations.
  • Be able to appropriately evaluate the ways in which a civilization's art, architecture, music, drama, and literature reveal its values, redemptive rituals, moral truth, and concepts of social justice.
  • Increased willingness to look for and acknowledge moral truths found in other cultural and religious traditions.
  • Increased awareness of self as a learner applying tools and applying articulated processes to the business of learning.
  • Willingness to engage other cultures or traditions with a conscious attempt to manage biases and prejudices inherent in one's own culture.
  • Greater appreciation that the gospel encompasses all truth.
  • Demonstrably increased ability to evaluate cultures, literatures, music, arts, philosophies and religions to better understand different cultures, traditions and perspectives.
  • An increased ability to 'see through the eyes of another' who is very different from oneself.
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3.0 Credits




Lecture, Online


Fall, Winter, Spring