Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
2103002012005HISTORY OF RELIGIONS-ICompulsory234
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to contribute to students’ personal development; to enable them to be acquainted with visitors of Turkey, who are adherents of different religious beliefs and cultures, through examination of extant or extinct traditional religions that span several parts of the world and various Near Eastern religions with few or many present believers; and to study those religious traditions by means of related archaeological artifacts.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Serap ÖZDÖL
Learning Outcomes
1Grasp of and ability to convey the historical developments, fundamentals, denominations, and principles of faith and worship of a select few traditional religions that are ascribed divine concepts, such as Totemism and Animism, and of Judaism and Christianity through various publications and archaeological artifacts
2Comprehension of the importance of ruins and culture regions of a distinct religious character, such as Ephesus, Sardis, İzmir (Smyrna), Yalvaç (Antioch in Pisidia), Antakya (Antioch on the Orontes), Urfa (Edessa), Konya–Çatalhöyük, İstanbul (Constantinople), and Cappadocia, in terms of the religions of ancient civilizations and of Christianity and Judaism, and ability to market this awareness as a novel and laudable product in faith and cultural tourism
3Acquaintance with and developing the habit of following the essential as well as current publications and websites about the content
4Ability to convey what is learned about the relevant religious traditions and related works expeditiously and efficiently; through essential, recent, and plausible interpretations; and both orally and in writing
5Ability to contemplate, question, discuss, exchange ideas, present scientific approaches and interpretations concerning the basic issues within the course content, and to adjust such knowledge to prospective careers
6Knowing properly the features and respecting the fundamentals of different religious traditions of the past and present, focusing on the common ground of rather than the differences between religions and to actualize this point of view both in personal relationships and for guests met in professional life
7Ability to analyze the reasons of Turkey’s being a geography that has been home to several extant and extinct religions, and, having fathomed this cultural richness as a trait hardwired into our genes, to integrate it into the life and culture of the present day
8Comprehending that such issues as the definition of religion and the classification of religions may be conceived differently depending on points of view, and therefore taking on a relatively more flexible and considerate approach to these seemingly dogmatic issues
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
The content of this course consists of Judaism and Christianity, referred to in the Near East as Abrahamic religions, as well as the centers, artifacts, and living traditions and cultures with relation to these religions. Lying within the context of faith tourism in Turkey, such ruins of a distinct religious character as Ephesus, Sardis, İzmir (Smyrna), Yalvaç (Antioch in Pisidia), Antakya (Antioch on the Orontes), Urfa (Edessa), Konya–Çatalhöyük, İstanbul (Constantinople) and Cappadocia; religious characters related to these locations, such as Virgin Mary, St. John, St. Paul, and Abraham; and such topics as the Seven Churches of Revelation, Hagia Sophia, the Chora Museum, saints of Anatolia, and Syriac Christianity are also closely related to the course content.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Anatolia, history of religions, and faith tourism; the aim, contents, and perspective of the courseGiving information and determining the level of knowledge about the subject
2The concept of religion, classification of religions, and the elements of religion Instruction, question-asking, discussion, exchange of ideas, and presentation of plausible as well as scientific approaches and interpretations
3Religious geography in the present day and living religions
4Traditional religions (concepts of Totemism, Animism, Naturism, and ancestor cult)
5Judaism: basic terms
6Historical development of Judaism
7Historical development of Judaism
8Midterm examination
9Fundamentals of Judaism
10Judaism today and its denominations
11Jewish principles of faith
12Jewish worship
13Christianity: basic terms
14Historical development of Christianity
15Historical development of Christianity
16Final examination
Recommended or Required Reading
1.Mircae Eliade, Dinsel İnançlar ve Düşünceler Tarihi (III cilt), Kabalcı Yayınevi, İstanbul, 2000. 2.Şinasi Gündüz (edt.), Yaşayan Dünya Dinleri, Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Yayınları, Ankara, 2007. 3.Şinasi Gündüz, Din ve İnanç Sözlüğü, Vadi Yayınları, Ankara, 1998. 4.Felicien Challaye, Dinler Tarihi, Varlık Yayınları, İstanbul, 1998. 5.Mary Pat Fisher, Living Religions, Prentice Hall, 2005.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures12224
Field Trip248
Brain Storming5210
Self Study7214
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1     4        
LO2     5        
LO3     5        
LO4     5        
LO5     4        
LO6     5        
LO7     5        
LO8     4        
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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