HUMN126 Science and Religion

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN126 Science and Religion
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students examine the relationship between religion and science in western and non-western cultures and the extent to which they either conflict or cooperate. Areas of focus include science and religion in ancient Greece and China, medieval Arabia, modern Europe, and contemporary America.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. explain the basic development of science from the ancient to the contemporary world;
    2. articulate the relationship between religious and scientific practices in ancient Greece and China, medieval Arabia, modern Europe, and contemporary America;
    3. evaluate the relevance of religious objections to scientific theories and scientific objections to religious theories;
    4. appraise clashes of science and religion such as Galileo's trouble with the church in modern Europe and the Theory of Natural Selection versus Creationism and Intelligent Design in contemporary America; and
    5. appraise instances of the cooperation of science and religion in ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary times.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. introduction to the nature of science
    2. the early development of science and religion in Ancient Greece
    3. the early development of science and religion in China
    4. science and religion in medieval Arabia
    5. the shift from medieval to modern science
    6. Galileo's clash with the Catholic Church
    7. Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
    8. modern anti-evolutionism -- Creation Science and Intelligent Design
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students are assessed through in-class exams and written assignments.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Approved/Revised Date: Approved 8/31/2012; New Core 8/2015