Course Summary An overview of various outlooks on life, including the concept of God, human existence, and beyond death The course proposes to equip the student with a better understanding of the attitudes and beliefs that shape one's view of life. This is done through an introductory module on "Contexts for Creating a Worldview," and then illustrating a variety of outlooks that people have adopted. 3 semester hours of undergraduate credits.
1. Conceptualize basic worldviews that underlie the way people think about themselves, others, the natural world, and ultimate reality
2. Contrast the foundational assumptions of different worldviews
3. Evaluate different worldviews for what they offer and the evidence for what they propose to deliver Credit. Credit for the course will be based on five essays. Each essay is valued at 20 percent of the course grade.
Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept. 2nd ed. IVP Academic, 2004. 163 pages. $13.79 ISBN: 978-0830827794
Wilkens, Steve and Mark L. Sanford. Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives. IVP Academic, 2009. 218 pages. $16.47 ISBN: 978-0830838547
The student will be expected to read Internet articles and books beyond the syllabus.
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