RE109 World Religions

for S1F 2005

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Course Number: RE-109 Course Descriptor: MGE Course Title: World Religions Term: Spring I 2005 Faculty: David O. Skeen Title: Instructor Faculty Office: N/A Office Hours: N/A Telephone: 540-371-0105 E-Mail Address: Web Page Address: Dates of Term: January 10 – March 13, 2004 Class Session Days: Thursday Evenings Class Session Time: 5:30 – 10:30 PM Prerequisites: None Credit Hours: 3:0:3 Mission Statement “ The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.” Vision Statement “ Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.” Course Description: RE-109, World Religions, is an introduction to the religions of humankind from the earliest records of spiritual life to the great religions of today. The course recognizes the possibilities of dialogue among the living traditions around the world and the resources within the local community. Educational Philosophy: The instructor’s educational philosophy is based both on interaction between instructor and student and peer interaction. Methods of fostering and enhancing interaction will include instructor-led discussion, readings, student presentations, debate, quizzes, examinations, film and music, and computer technology. Each student will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills regarding the exploration of issues and concepts. Course Objectives: On completion of this course, the student will be able to identify, list, and describe world religions and how each religion makes sense of its place in the universe. Students will be able to compare and contrast not only the religions they have studied but also to analyze any new religions they may encounter. Students will be able to apply the principles of critical thinking regarding the historical development and belief structure of world religions leading to an expanded awareness and appreciation of one’s own and other religious traditions. Through the interactive methods of discussion, debate, writing, and examination, the student will demonstrate an understanding of religious traditions throughout the world. By delving into different religious, value, and social systems, the student’s awareness of human religious experience and expression will be expanded. The student will be provided a forum that will facilitate the development and mastery of the basic communication skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Course Textbook: Matthews, Warren, World Religions, 4th edition, Wadsworth, 2004 Academic Honesty: “Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Plagiarism: Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Attendance Policy: : Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH". A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval by the instructor. Course Assessment: Methods of assessment will include examinations, quizzes, presentations, papers, group projects, and class participation. Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Reading assignments are required to be completed prior to class, as discussion is an integral part of the course. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Disability Guidelines: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: Course topics/dates: Date Topic Assignment 13 Jan Intro/Religions of the Americas Ch. 2/study questions
20 Jan Religions of Africa Ch. 3/study questions 27 Jan Hinduism Ch. 4/study questions, presentations 3 Feb Buddhism Ch. 6/study questions, presentations 10 Feb China & Japan Ch. 7/study questions, Mid-Term Exam presentations 17 Feb Ancient religions of Iraq/Iran Ch. 8/study questions presentations
research papers due 24 Feb Judaism/Christianity Ch. 9/study questions presentations 3 Mar Christianity/Islam Ch. 10/study questions presentations 10 Mar Final Examination Grading Plan: The final course grade will be determined as follows: Mid-Term Examination----------------------------30% Final Examination------------------------------ 35% Student Presentation-------------------------- 25% Class Participation-----------------------------10% The student presentation will consist of an oral presentation of a research paper on an individual or topic within the scope of World Religions. Topics will be discussed with and approved by the instructor. Research papers will be 4 -5 typewritten pages, double-spaced, in accordance with the MLA style manual. The mid-term examination will contain multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions, covering lecture and discussion material, the textbook introduction and chapter 1,2,3,4,6,and 7. The final examination will contain multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions, covering lecture and discussion material, supplementary readings, and textbook chapters 8, 9, and 10. This examination will not be comprehensive. The following scale will be used to assign letter grades for the course: 93-100---------------------------------------------A 85-92----------------------------------------------B 77-84----------------------------------------------C 70-76----------------------------------------------D Below 70-------------------------------------------F Three or more unexcused absences------F