Welcome to Comparative Religions

This site is for informational purposes. All of the instruction will take place on the Canvas page for Humanities 7, which will open at 8am on September 3, 2019. Hopefully, the information on this page will help you decide whether or not to take this course, and to prepare for it. Please read it carefully. 

Humanities 7: Comparative Religion is a course which investigates what major world religions have to say about the meaning of existence, about life after death, but also -- most important -- about how to live. I hope it will be a journey of discovery for students and instructor alike, but since the course largely takes place online, there are a lot of organizational issues to get clear, so please read carefully:

1. This is a hybrid class, not a completely online class. There are six mandatory meetings (Wednesdays from 1:10 - 3:00), on the Ocean campus in MUB 398 (except the third meeting, location TBA). Anyone who fails to attend the first meeting of the semester will not be a part of the course -- these meetings are strictly required, and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 11: Lecture/discussion on Hinduism, 1:10- 3:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, September 25: Lecture/discussion on Judaism, 1:10- 3:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, October 16: (room TBA) Midterm, including lecture/discussion on Buddhism, 1:10- 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 30Lecture/discussion on Christianity, 1:10- 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 13: Lecture/discussion on Islam, 1:10- 3:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, July 19: Final, including lecture/discussion on Daoism, 1:10- 3:00 pm
 Do not take another class or schedule work duties at these times. 

2. Technical problems of ALL kinds (computer, browser, Canvas downtime) must go through technical channels. The main page of Insight contains many links for help, including an extensive Online Course Support Center where you can find answers and submit help tickets.Students can also call (415) 239-3711 and talk with our support staff or drop by Batmale Hall 310The instructor cannot answer technical questions.

3. Adding the class: Please email me and I can send you an add code.

4. An online/hybrid course like this one is not for everyone. It is not easier or less work than a face-to-face class. You will have to keep up with the reading; there will be forum responses and quizzes every week, two essays to write, and substantial in-person Midterm and Final Exams. Please see the CCSF Distance Education page to help decide if this course is for you.

5. Contact the instructor using this email address. Please use your mail.ccsf.edu (Gmail) account when doing so.

6. The book we use is Living Religions by Mary Pat Fisher (9th Edition). Please note the edition number as the page numbers are different in different editions.. 

OFFICE HOURS My office hours  will be Wednesday 12:10-1:00 and Thursday 2:00-3:00 in Arts 213 on the Ocean Campus.