The course explores the main tenets and practices of major world religions namely, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintoism. This course aims to help learners understand the historical contexts of eleven religions, appreciate their uniqueness and similarities and promote mutual understanding among believers of different faiths. The learners are expected to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of one’s faith as well as to respect the beliefs of other religions.

The course provides opportunities for students to discover patterns and extract meanings from emerging trends. It aids in developing their critical and creative thinking skills-- essential tools for decision making and understanding “ethics of care”. Global trends in the 21st century are examined and are either accepted or rejected on a sound set of criteria. Students will be asked to create and analyze scenarios that will challenge them to (1) formulate their stances on issues or concerns; (2) propose interventions and; (3) formulate alternative futures. The students will realize the interconnections between their neural connections and social realities.


The course introduces some Applied Social Sciences, namely, Counseling, Social Work, and Communication, which draw their foundation from the theories and principles of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and other Social Sciences. The course aims to empower students in developing competencies in interacting and relating with other individuals, groups and communities; apply social science principles, practices, and tools in addressing several appropriate development areas; and analyze how processes in these applied disciplines work in specific life situations.


This course introduces the students to the basic concepts and vital elements of politics and governance from a historical-institutional perspective. In particular, it attempts to explain how the important features of our country’s political structures/institutions, processes, and relationships developed across time. In the process, the course helps the learners gain a better appreciation of their rights and responsibilities as individuals and as members of the larger socio political community to strengthen their civic competence.

 

In this online course, the learners will have a thorough understanding of the underlying elements in the Philippine political landscape and how it governs the people to fully grasp the present political system.