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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 29, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Religion and Culture

The Learning Outcomes for the Department of Religion and Culture

Apr 9/14


Students of Religion and Culture will:

1. Develop an appreciation for religious diversity, in order to act more compassionately and intelligently in multicultural and inter-religious environments.

2. Understand how religious traditions have been shaped and reshaped in North America and globally through adaptation to new ideas, dynamics, and contexts.

3. Differentiate between the holistic academic study of religion and culture, and the promotion of particular religions.

4.  Distinguish and explain diverse specific traditions of religion and wisdom, belonging to both small and large-scale communities.

5. Relate topics and themes that have guided the field, such as the nature of religion and culture, their development, cultural hybridity, globalization, psychological dynamics, transnationality, colonialism, ecology, etc.

6. Distinguish factors influencing how individuals and groups relate to religion and culture at different stages of the human life cycle.

7.  Compare and articulate the relation of religion and culture to historic and ongoing identities, discourses, structures, inequalities, products, conditions, perspectives, and interests.

8. Hone transferable skills in critical analysis, written and oral communication, and group collaboration.

9. Identify research questions that emerge from religious and cultural issues.

10. Devise and implement research plans for researching contemporary religious and cultural issues, adapting inter- and multi-disciplinary methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.

11. Effectively convey results of scholarly and empirical inquiry by written and oral means.

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