Courses

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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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PHL 202
Philosophical and Ethical Issues [Hybrid-Online & Lecture]

In this course, students study the traditional systems of ethical decision-making, including a number of Christian perspectives, and apply what they learn to the analysis of vexing ethical and social issues in contemporary society such as abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, cloning, constitutional freedoms, euthanasia, pacifism and just war, and extreme poverty. The goal of this course is for students to develop a familiarity with ethical argumentation, some sophistication in developing and articulating justifiable ethical perspectives, and a well-founded, internalized ethical sensibility to guide them in their lives. Business, Nursing, and Philosophy-Religion majors have their own versions of the course. “This is a hybrid course in which students do part of their coursework in the classroom and part of it online.”

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PHL 202
Philosophical and Ethical Issues [Lecture]

In this course, students study the traditional systems of ethical decision-making, including a number of Christian perspectives, and apply what they learn to the analysis of vexing ethical and social issues in contemporary society such as abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, cloning, constitutional freedoms, euthanasia, pacifism and just war, and extreme poverty. The goal of this course is for students to develop a familiarity with ethical argumentation, some sophistication in developing and articulating justifiable ethical perspectives, and a well-founded, internalized ethical sensibility to guide them in their lives. Business, Nursing, and Philosophy-Religion majors have their own versions of the course.

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PHL 208
Critical Thinking [Lecture]

The student develops skills for evaluating arguments through an applied study of the formal and informal components of language and reasoning. The course is preparation for a thoughtful, informed, and attentive life.

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PHL 208PL
Critical Thinking [Lecture]

The student develops skills for evaluating arguments through an applied study of the formal and informal components of language and reasoning. The course is preparation for a thoughtful, informed, and attentive life.

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PHL 210
The Case For God [Lecture]

The student develops an understanding of what it means to have knowledge and to believe and live rationally. This understanding is applied to belief in God as students explore direct ways of knowing, theistic and Christian arguments, challenges to theistic and Christian belief, and resources for responding to these challenges. Students from every religious background are welcome, including those who are seeking, doubting, disinterested and the non-religious. (Students in the Religion-Philosophy Department are to take PHL 208 before PHL 210.)

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PHL 295BN
Life Learning Experience [Portfolio]

In this course students apply the theories that support learning from personal experience. Students will draw from the works of educators such as Dewey, Piaget, Lindeman, and Kolb. They will write a life-learning essay on an approved topic.

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PHL 295OM
Life Learning Experience [Portfolio]

In this course students apply the theories that support learning from personal experience. Students will draw from the works of educators such as Dewey, Piaget, Lindeman, and Kolb. They will write a life-learning essay on an approved topic.

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PHL 300PL
History and Philosophy of Adult Education [Lecture]

Learning, both formal and informal, is a lifelong process that occurs in the workplace, the community, the church, and the classroom. This course is designed to introduce learners to the field of adult education and to provide opportunities for participation in adult learning activities. Students will become familiar with the beliefs and assumptions that guide the practice of adult education, and understand their role as adult learners by studying the writing of acknowledged leaders in the field including Malcolm Knowles, Eduard Lindeman, and Patricia Cross, with emphasis on David Kolb and his theory of experiential learning.

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PHL 301
Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Thought [Lecture]

The intent of this course is to discuss comparatively the following philosophical figures or schools: the Pre-Socratics, the Sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, post-Aristotelian philosophers, and Augustine.

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PHL 302
Modern Philosophy [Lecture]

Consideration is given to Western philosophy from Bacon through the eighteenth century, with special attention to Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. (Offered alternate years)

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PHL 303
Recent and Contemporary Philosophy [Lecture]

This course is designed to acquaint the student with philosophical thought since the beginning of the 19th century. Emphasis is on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Marx, James Moore, Russell, and Wittgenstein. (Offered alternate years)

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PHL 305
Epistemology and Religious Belief [Lecture]

Students gain an understanding of the concepts, issues, and approaches prevalent in epistemology (the theory of knowledge) since Gettier's ground-breaking work in 1963 and apply this understanding to the particular case of religious knowledge. (Offered alternate years)

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PHL 402
Philosophy of Religion [Lecture]

This course is a philosophical analysis of religious belief. Students will analyze a selection of the following issues: faith and reason, religious language, divine omniscience, divine omnipotence, divine goodness, petitionary prayer, miracles, divine immutability, arguments for and against God's existence, and personal immortality.

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PHL 403OM
Personal Values & Organizational Ethics [Lecture]

This is a course in which the student formulates a philosophy of life, providing the base for such concerns as ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights, and responsible lifestyle in our contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the work-place, and a classroom discussion.

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PHL 404
Topics in Philosophy [Lecture]

This is an advanced seminar-style class that explores topics in philosophy not covered in the rest of the curriculum. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered on demand)

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PHL 413BN
Personal Values + Bioethics [Lecture]

This module assists students in better understanding their own values and the relationship of those values to professional activities. Ethical decision-making is explored through analysis of everyday dilemmas that occur within health care delivery.

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PHL 413HA
Bioethics [Lecture]

This module will assist students to better understand their own values and the relationship of those values to professional activities. Ethical decision-making will be explored through analysis of everyday dilemmas that occur within health care delivery. This module focuses on ethical decision-making, especially in the health care setting in which you function. It is not being assumed that you are not ethical or have not thought seriously before about how you make ethical decisions. What is being assumed, rather, is that all of us can benefit by taking time to reconsider our approach to ethical issues in a conscious, systematic manner.

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PHL 495
Independent Study in Philosophy [Independent Study]

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

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PHL 495PT
Independent Study in Philosophy [Independent Study]

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

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NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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BIB 101
Introduction to Old Testament Literature and Theology [Lecture]

This course explores the literature and thought of the Old Testament in its original historical setting in the ancient Near East and in the context of the entire biblical story. It introduces students to selected passages that represent the major sections of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature) while articulating the overarching narrative coherence of the Old Testament as part of the larger story of God's purposes for the world that the entire Bible recounts.

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BIB 102
Introduction to New Testament Literature and Theology [Lecture]

This is a survey of the New Testament Scriptures. This course provides the student with an overview of the biblical and theological foundation upon which Roberts Wesleyan College has been established. The curriculum overviews each of the New Testament books while researching the authors and the literary, sociological, and theological setting with a view toward contemporary application.

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BIB 200
Introduction to Biblical Exegesis and Research [Lecture]

This hands-on course introduces students to the basic skills of biblical exegesis and research they will need to become responsible interpreters of Scripture. Through guided exercises, individual projects, and critical reflection on the interpretive process, students will be given the opportunity to gain a solid grounding in biblical interpretation. The course is meant to be taken alongside any 200-level BIB course in Old or New Testament and includes an introduction to library research for the purposes of writing an accomplished exegesis paper. If the student has already taken a 200-level BIB course, this course may be taken concurrently with a 300-level BIB course. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102; must be taken concurrently with a 200- or 300-level BIB course in either Old or New Testament.

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BIB 201
Synoptic Gospels: One Jesus, Three Memories [Lecture]

This is a study of the life of Jesus based on the three Synoptic Gospels. Specific consideration will be given to the relationship between Jesus' teaching and action and His identity and purpose. Textual issues regarding the similarity and complimentarity in the gospel accounts will be explored. The relationship between the Synoptics and the Gospel of John will receive minor consideration. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 202
Acts: The Birth of the Church [Lecture]

This study of the unfolding history and thought of the early church is based on the Acts of the Apostles, although other sources will be introduced. A method of inductive Bible Study will be introduced and practiced throughout the course. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 206
Torah: Creation and Liberation [Lecture]

This course is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament. By examining selected passages, students explore Israel's view of origins, the national genesis and early history, God's will for Israel and the world, and the regulations for worship. An emphasis is placed on the examination of the various forms of literature that are represented in the Pentateuch, especially in respect to their role in forming and communicating the central themes and concepts in the Pentateuch. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 207
Apocalyptic Literature: Daniel and Revelation [Lecture]

This course surveys the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, including the developments between the testaments. The impetus for this study is located in the challenging books of Daniel and Revelation. An important part of the study is a consideration of the major historical, religious, and literary developments that arise in the intertestamental period. Apocalyptic literature, the LXX, and the Dead Sea Scrolls play a significant role in this regard. Selected texts will be examined to illustrate the main aspects of this study. Prerequisites: BIB 101, and 102 or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 301
Prophets and Politics [Lecture]

This course examines selected passages from the prophets of Israel. It will display their unique styles and forms of these passages, their theological emphases, and their responses to the historical crises. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 or permission of instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 304
Pauline Letters: Apostle to the Nations [Lecture]

A study of the letters of the Apostle to the Gentiles, this course explores Paul's thought in its context. Special attention will be given to recurring issues and theological themes in Paul's writing. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, and one 200-level New Testament BIB course or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 305
The Gospel and Letters of John: The Word Became Flesh [Lecture]

This study of Johannine literature examines its unique characteristics and theology. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, and one 200-level New Testament BIB course or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 306
General Epistles [Lecture]

This course will focus on the letter to the Hebrews, exploring its descriptions of Christ's identity and work. Attention will also be given to the letters of James, Peter, and Jude. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, and one 200-level New Testament BIB course or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 307
The Bible in its World [Trip]

This course is offered as part of a tour of the Holy Land and other countries, under the direction of a College faculty member. Students taking this course for credit must do collateral readings and assignments in association with the tour. The specifics of individual course design are to be completed and approved by the faculty member and the Division Chair prior to the tour. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 (and one 200-level New Testament BIB course recommended). (Special offering)

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BIB 309
Wisdom Literature and Psalms [Lecture]

The rich tradition of poetry and wisdom literature in the Old Testament is explored in this course. Selected passages are studied in order to introduce the student to the basic literary structures and the central ideas and terms incorporated in these traditions. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102. (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 402
Topics in Old Testament Theology [Lecture]

This course introduces advanced students to in-depth study of major theological themes in the Old Testament or to intensive study of important recent books in Old Testament theology. Different topics and/or books will be selected from year to year. Utilizing class lectures and student-led seminars, the course aims to deepen student understanding of important Old Testament scholarship by exposure to a range of secondary literature in the field. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, at least two 200- or 300-level Old Testament BIB courses or permission of instructor. Recommended for seniors. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 403
Topics in New Testament Theology [Lecture]

This course introduces advanced students to in-depth study of major theological themes in the New Testament or to intensive study of important recent books in New Testament theology. Different topics and/or books will be selected from year to year. Utilizing class lectures and student-led seminars, the course aims to deepen student understanding of important New Testament scholarship by exposure to a range of secondary literature in the field. The focus will be on a "Biblical" rather than "Systematic" theological approach. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, and at least two 200- or 300-level New Testament BIB courses or permission of the instructor. Recommended for seniors. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered on demand)

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BIB 405
Seminar in Old Testament Exegesis [Lecture]

This course introduces advanced students to in-depth study of a particular Old Testament book through class lectures and student-led seminars. Books selected for study vary from year to year and might include 1 & 2 Samuel, Amos, Genesis, Isaiah, Job, Exodus, etc. The course will focus on careful literary analysis of, and theological reflection on, the selected Old Testament book, with the aim of helping students learn to become competent and informed exegetes of Scripture. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102, and at least two 200- or 300-level Old Testament BIB courses or permission of the instructor. Hebrew 101 and 102 are recommended but not required. Recommended for seniors. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered alternate years)

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BIB 406
Seminar in New Testament Exegesis [Lecture]

This course introduces advanced students to in-depth study of a particular New Testament book through class lectures and student-led seminars. Books selected for study vary from year to year, and might include Mark, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Hebrews, Revelation, etc. The course will focus on careful inductive, social and literary analysis of, and theological reflection on, the selected New Testament book, with the aim of helping students learn to become competent and informed exegetes of Scripture. Prerequisite: BIB 101, 102, and at least two 200- or 300-level New Testament BIB courses or permission of the instructor. Greek 101 and 102 recommended but not required. Recommended for seniors. (May be repeated if topic differs.) (Offered on demand)

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BIB 495
Independent Study [Independent Study]

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

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BIBL 1010
Intro Old Testament Literature&Theology [Lecture]

This course explores the literature and thought of the Old Testament in its original historical setting in the ancient Near East and in the context of the entire biblical story. It introduces students to selected passages that represent the major sections of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature) while articulating the overarching narrative coherence of the Old Testament as part of the larger story of God's purposes for the world that the entire Bible recounts.

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BIBL 1020
Intro New Testament Literature&Theology [Lecture]

This is a survey of the New Testament Scriptures. This course provides the student with an overview of the biblical and theological foundation upon which Roberts Wesleyan College has been established. The curriculum overviews each of the New Testament books while researching the authors and the literary, sociological, and theological setting with a view toward contemporary application.

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BIBL 2010
Synoptic Gospels: One Jesus, Three Memories [Lecture]

This is a study of the life of Jesus based on the three Synoptic Gospels. Specific consideration will be given to the relationship between Jesus' teaching and action and His identity and purpose. Textual issues regarding the similarity and complementarity in the gospel accounts will be explored. The relationship between the Synoptics and the Gospel of John will receive minor consideration. Prerequisites: BIBL 1010 and 1020 or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIBL 2060
Torah: Creation and Liberation [Lecture]

This course is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament. By examining selected passages, students explore Israel's view of origins, the national genesis and early history, God's will for Israel and the world, and the regulations for worship. An emphasis is placed on the examination of the various forms of literature that are represented in the Pentateuch, especially in respect to their role in forming and communicating the central themes and concepts in the Pentateuch.

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BIBL 3010
Prophets and Politics [Lecture]

This course examines selected passages from the prophets of Israel. It will display their unique styles and forms of these passages, their theological emphases, and their responses to the historical crises. Prerequisites: BIB 101 and 102 or permission of instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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BIBL 3040
Pauline Letters: Apostle to the Nations [Lecture]

A study of the letters of the Apostle to the Gentiles, this course explores Paul's thought in its context. Special attention will be given to recurring issues and theological themes in Paul's writing. Prerequisites: BIB 101, 102 and one 200-level New Testament BIB course or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

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