Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
2103002022005HISTORY OF RELIGIONS-IICompulsory244
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 Near Eastern religions, which is initiated but remains incomplete in the first part of this lecture series; and to study those religious traditions by means of related archaeological artifacts.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assist. Prof. Dr. Serap Özdöl
Learning Outcomes
1Ability 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
2Grasp of and ability to convey the historical developments, fundamentals, denominations, and principles of faith and worship of Christianity, the study of which remains incomplete in the preceding course, and of Islam through various publications and archaeological artifacts
3Comprehension of the importance of ruins and culture regions of a distinct religious character, such as Ephesus, Yalvaç (Antioch in Pisidia), Antakya (Antioch on the Orontes), Urfa (Edessa), Konya (Iconium), İstanbul (Constantinople), and Cappadocia, in terms of Christianity and Islam; and ability to market this awareness as a novel and laudable product in faith and cultural tourism
4Acquaintance with and developing the habit of following the essential as well as current publications and websites about the content
5Ability 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
6Ability 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
7Knowing 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
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
The content of this course consists of Christianity, Nestorianism, Yazidism, Chaldeanism, and Islam, extant religions of the Near East, 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, İzmir (Smyrna), Yalvaç (Antioch in Pisidia), Antakya (Antioch on the Orontes), Urfa (Edessa), Mardin, Konya (Iconium), İstanbul (Constantinople), and Cappadocia; religious characters related to these locations, such as Virgin Mary, Saint Paul, and Abraham; and such topics as the Seven Churches of Revelation, Hagia Sophia, the Chora Museum, saints of Anatolia, Syriac Christianity, Alevism and Bektashism in Anatolia, and Mevlevism are also closely related to the course content.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Christianity: basic Refreshing memory of and linking up with “History of Religions I,” the preceding course in the series
2Fundamentals and historical development of ChristianityInstruction, question-asking, discussion, exchange of ideas, and presentation of plausible as well as scientific approaches and interpretations
3Historical development of Christianity
4Foundations of Christianity
5Christianity today and its denominations
6Nestorianism, Yazidism, and Chaldeanism
7Christian principles of faith
8Midterm examination
9Christian worship and liturgical calendar
10Islam: basic terms
11Fundamentals and historical development of Islam
12Historical development of Islam
13Foundations of Islam
14Islam today and its denominations
15Articles of faith in Islam
16Final examination
Recommended or Required Reading
Mircae Eliade, Dinsel İnançlar ve Düşünceler Tarihi (III cilt), Kabalcı Yayınevi, İstanbul, 2000. Şinasi Gündüz (edt.), Yaşayan Dünya Dinleri, Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı Yayınları, Ankara, 2007. Şinasi Gündüz, Din ve İnanç Sözlüğü, Vadi Yayınları, Ankara, 1998. Felicien Challaye, Dinler Tarihi, Varlık Yayınları, İstanbul, 1998. 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
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures12224
Discussion8216
Field Trip248
Brain Storming5210
Self Study7214
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11414
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
Reading5210
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)120
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
PO
1
PO
2
PO
3
PO
4
PO
5
PO
6
PO
7
PO
8
PO
9
PO
10
PO
11
PO
12
PO
13
PO
14
LO1     4        
LO2     5        
LO3     4        
LO4     4        
LO5     4        
LO6     5        
LO7     5        
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
Ege University, Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY • Phone: +90 232 311 10 10 • e-mail: intrec@mail.ege.edu.tr