RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


S1J 2009 DN


Mohr, Michael L.


Semester Dates

January 12, 2009-March 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Living Religions seventh edition
Mary Pat Fisher

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Course Description:
RE 109(MGE) World Religions: 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 with in the local community. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator believes that education happens in dialogue, reading, and critical thought. The facilitator will engage the learner with the goal of stimulating original personal thought and encouraging the learner to reach original conclusions and be able to present them coherently in discussion.
Our study of world relgions is aimed at helping understand the core beliefs of each system as well as its impact on the lives of its adherents and the life of the rest of huanity.

Class Assessment:
The class assessment will consist of an exam covering each of the faith systems we study, a final exam, participation in group work, participation in class discussion and a paper.


Final exam--500 points
Paper--500 point
Six chapter exams--100 point each

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submissions wil not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In class we will be respectful of the opinions and positions of other students. The University rules governing plagiarism, honest, and attendance will be followed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

January 12 Course Introduction and Chapter 1
January 19 Chapters 2 and 3
January 26 Chapters 5 and 6
February 2 Chapter 8
February 9 Chapter 9
February 16 Chapter 10
February 23 Chapter 12; Papers due
March 2 Chapter 13; final exam
March 8 Semester ends
The paper will be a minimum of 5 pages. It may deal with any of the faith systems we study in class or it may deal with the place of religion in society. Thepaper should reflect the student's own thoughts as well as wht information research reveals.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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