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RE 109 World Religions
McGregor, Neal L.


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

RE 109 World Religions

Semester

S1J 2006 DN

Faculty

McGregor, Neal L.

Title

Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Park University Religion MA
University of Missouri MBA
Walden UniversityPh. D.

Daytime Phone

816 458 0402 (pager)

Other Phone

816 224 4833 (Home)

E-Mail

Neal.McGregor@park.edu

scotsman@toto.net

Semester Dates

01/09/06 - 03/05/06

Class Days

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Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Toropov, B. & Buckles, L. (1996).  The complete idiot's guide to the world's religions.  NY: Alpha Books.

    Smith, H. (1994).  The illustrated world's religions: A guide to our wisdom traditions.  1sted.  San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco


Course Description:
An introduction to the religion 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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Students will be expected to be in class on time so that activities can begin on time and as scheduled.  Participation is mandatory for the student: no exceptions.  Discussion assignments will be part of each class period and will determine a large percent of the grade for the course.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn a method by which to classify, compare and contrast various world faith communities.
  2. Students will learn how worldviews influence the development of various faith perspectives and visa versa.
  3. Students will learn a variety of theories of the origins of religion.
  4. Students will learn how to objectively research, compile, and organize academic sources about world religions.
Class Assessment:
A term paper will account for 50% of the grade for the course.  
A quiz will be given at f each class session, and  will be worth 10% of the course grade.  
Each class session will begin with a current issues presentation.  This presentation will produce 10% of the course grade.
30% of the course grade will be earned through class participation.  Discussion groups, presentations, arrangements for projects, etc. will all be counted toward the final grade.  It is important that students engage the course from the beginning.

Grading:
Term Paper 50 points
Quizzes  10 points
Current Issues  10 points
Class Participation 30 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work must be handed in at the end of the class session when it is due.  Any work that is late will receive a grade reduced by 25% per week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is the policy of the school that cell phones are not to be used during class session.  Conversations on cell phones can cause an obvious disruption and hinders communication of class material.  Please turn off cell phones prior to the beginning of each class session.
The expectation of the classroom being conducive to learning is valid.  Therefore, students are asked to engage the course text and material in a serious manner.  All outside distractions are to be eliminated if possible, and held to a minimum if not.  Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be set on silent modes of operation.  No phone conversations are to be conducted during class sessions in the classroom.

There is to be an atmosphere of academic freedom in the classroom.  All students are expected to conduct their selves in a manner that encourages the opinions of others when expressed as a response to course issues.  Issues of race, religion, ethnicity, politics, gender orientation, and other social considerations may be topics for academic discussion, however no discrimination will be tolerated.

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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.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarism:

A most unpleasant and difficult subject to discuss is plagiarism.  However, the importance of proper writing and documentation of research sources and material cannot be overlooked.  If it is determined that a student has plagiarized sources or the entire paper, a grade of F will be given for the course.  Software programs and web sites are available to check for plagiarism and recycled term papers.  Please do not underestimate the power of these resources.
To prevent misunderstanding and error related to the documentation of the term paper, it is important that APA format is used for the papers.  It is important that all students know this format and that assumptions not be made that other formats will do.  In addition, it is best not to cite large blocks of data in the paper.  Rather, it is best to paraphrase and document the information.  Large blocks citations of information do not demonstrate the ability of student to research, understand, and explain the information or the subject.
At the end of each paper, the following notice to readers of the paper must be attached.  This notice is to acknowledge that the student is responsible for all work on the paper.


I have researched and written this term paper in accordance with the policies of Park University and the requirements of the course as described in the course syllabus.  I have not plagiarized, contracted this paper to be written by another, copied or reproduced any or all parts of the paper.

Student's Name:

Date:

Signature: ______________________________________________________

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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