RE 109 World Religions
S2FF 2006 FA
Evans, Clifford N.
MA Religious StudiesBA History
4:30 PM & 10:00 PM
03/13/06 - 05/07/06
5:00 - 10:00 PM
Textbook: World Religions - Warren Mathews
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: handouts as needed
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. Emphasis will be placed on the historical and culural context within which the various religious traditions occured and grew. Particular emphasis will be placed on the world view of each and how it interacts with the contemporary world. Although learners most likely will bring a personal faith tradition or outlook to the study, they should strive to approach the materials openly and engage them critically and without bias.
Class Assessment: Examinations, quizzes, presentations and papers
Grading: Quizes - Four 25 points each 100 points
Examination - One 100 points
Paper - One 50 points
Presentation - One 50 points
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assignments due at beginning of class date as assigned unless prior arrangements made with facilitator
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Learners are encouraged to openly express opinions and personal perspectives when engaging the academic subjects being considered. However, the personal beliefs and perspectives and situations of other learners are never to be criticized or attacked personally. Observing basic rules of collegial decorum and considerate behavior is expected. Due to long duration of class-time, food and beverage consumption is permitted but should not disrupt classroom discussions or lectures.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Mar 13 - Introduction to study of world religions; Religions of Tribes & City States
Mar 20 - Religions of Tribes & City States continued; Religions arising in India: Part 1 (Quiz #1)
Mar 27 - Religions arising in India: Part 2
Apr 03 - Religions of China & Japan (Quiz #2)
Apr 10 - Religions that influenced East & West(Quiz #3; Presentation)
Apr 17 - Religions of the Family of Abraham: Part 1(Quiz #4)
Apr 24 - Religions of the Family of Abraham: Part 2 (Paper)
May 01 - Summary (Final Exam)
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 85-87Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive an automatic failed grade for that exam or assignment. This will also be reported to the Fairchild Director and Academic Dean.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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