A Study on the Curriculum of Religion in Liberal Arts Education

Sunguk Yu1,*   

1Sunchon National University


As a result of changes in production methods, so called ‘the 4th Industrial Revolution’, the social worries of the future society's opacity and demands on the development of science and technology have brought many changes to the liberal arts curriculum in university. Since the last 2nd evaluation of basic competency diagnosis, universities have been busy with applying key words such as 'the 4th industrial revolution', 'convergence', 'capacity', etc. on curriculum. Whether we agree or not, the topographical change in liberal arts education is ongoing and is very likely to be accelerated depending on the results of the 3rd evaluation. It is, therefore, time to discuss the problems of the curriculum for religion in liberal arts education and to find out the way for the future.

In this consciousness, this study made some suggestions based on the analysis data of curriculum and subjects related to religion. Firstly, it is important to break away religious bias from the curriculum of liberal arts education in religious foundation university. Unlike the subject name, subjects of which contents are limited to a specific religion need to be improved. Secondly, a subject specially related to the religious order, even though the subject looks like a general one for education of moral character development, limits religious education to the category of the former and reduce its own domain. So, it is necessary to eliminate religious elements from education of moral character development, and the courses must be transferred to the religious institutions or conducted as extracurricular programs through linkage with them. Thirdly, it should be considered to research and develop various subjects for religion or to improve existing subjects. And finally, the teaching method of the course for religion required to be improved.

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