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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.
CourseRE 109 World Religions
SemesterS1J2005
FacultyMcGregor, Neal L.
Degrees/CertificatesA A Law Enforcement  Johnson County Community College
BS  Management/HR/Criminal Justice/Social Psychology  Park University
MAR Park University           MBA University of Missouri
Daytime Phone 816 458 0402 (pager)
Other Phone 816 224 4833 (Home)
E-Mail Neal.McGregor@park.edu
scotsman@toto.net
Semester Dates01/10/05 - 02/28/05
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

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 course focus is on religion and how various societies or communities have responded to their needs for spiritual development.  

Class periods will be spent exploring various faith communities and their approaches to religion.  

A variety of methods employed in this exploration, and as much as possible, guest speakers from different faith communities will address the class.  

Videotapes on related issues will be used to supplement the text material.  

If arrangements can be made, there may be field visits to faith communities' activities.

Classroom Activities:

Overall, the class periods will generally have the same format, however, there will need to be some flexibility for accommodating speakers or other activities.  

The class sessions will consist of lectures, discussion assignments, guest speakers and videotapes as needed and when available.  

Text material assigned for each session will be reviewed and discussed.

Participation:

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.  

Attendance is required and two absences, excused or unexcused will mean that the student has voluntarily withdrawn from the course.

Learning Outcomes:
Learn how to classify religious communities.

Learn various theories about religion.

Apply a variety of theories to different life situations.

Learn about the forces that have shaped various religious  ideals.

Learn to examine ideas, think critically, and question current research, theories, beliefs, and lore.

By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of a variety of religious practices, and related rituals.

Students will have a broad understanding of religious paradigms.

Course Assessment:
Term Papers Requirements:
Students will select a topic to research for their papers.  The list of topics provided does not limit the student's choices for their papers.  

All topics must be approved prior to beginning the research on the subject.  The paper will be divided into three main sections and papers will have an appropriate introduction, conclusion and reference section.  

APA style will be required for the format of the paper.  Papers will be graded by the following scale and form.

Form and Content of paper will count 65% of total grade

Introduction and conclusion 10
Conceptual section                              15
Performative section                            15
Social section        15
Length of paper        10
Papers must be 2000 words each  (words are at least 3 letters)

Style wil count 35% of total paper

APA Format 10
References 5
General cohesiveness and flow 20


Suggested Topics: Students are not limited to these topics.

Rites of Passage   The Holy       Euthanasia
 Birth   Hierophanies       Mandalas
 Puberty   Religious language  Enlightenment
 Marriage   Sacred Stories      Holidays
 Retirement   Scripture       Witchcraft
 Death   Evil             Angels and Demons
 Periodic Rites   Life after Death    Heaven-Hell
Myths   Gods and Goddesses  Murder
 Origin   Mysticism       Rituals
 Great Floods   Soteriology       Prayer
 Love   Sacred and Profane  Symbolism
 Morality   Salvation       Asceticism
 Alienation   Liturgy         Abortion
 Paradise   Taboo       Suicide
 Death   Magic       Genocide    Eschatological   Pilgrimage       Patricide

Grading:
The term paper will account for 50% of the grade for the course.  The break down of the grading process for the paper is in the section on term papers.

There will be a quiz at the end of each class session, which will be worth 10% of the course grade.  

The remaining 40% 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For make-up assignments, the student is expected to hand in summaries of the chapter questions for the session that was missed.  These summaries are due at the class session after the absence.  These typewritten summaries will serve as an element of the course grade.  Other make-up requirements will be discussed with the instructor on a case by case basis.  Any make-up work that is late will be penalized 25% per week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones and pagers must be operated in silent or vibrating modes in the classroom.  

No cell phone conversations will be allowed in the classroom.  

All students are reminded to respect the opinions and points of view of others.  

When a student or presenter has the floor, other conversation should stop.  

As adults, students are ask to maintain the dignity and respect for others as they should want for their self.

The focus of the class sessions will consist of discussions of reading assignments.  

Questions at the end of each chapter will be used as focus for class discussions.  Students are expected to expand on the questions and be able to give an in-depth explanation of the material if called upon to do so.  

The comments made are not to be read from the book, students are to show critical thinking and give informed responses to the questions.  

Much of the course grade will be determined by students' contribution in class.  This course demands participation by the students.  40% of the total grade will depend on the participation of the student. All students are expected to do their part in the course.  A strict accounting will be kept of participation.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1
Expectations - Grading - Introduction to Course
Lecture: Foundations for Exploration of Religion
Lecture: The Journey

Week 2
Hinduism - Speaker - Video
Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 13, 14 & 15
Smith: Chapter II

Week 3
Buddhism - Speaker -Video
Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 16, 17 & 18
Smith: Chapter III

Week 4
Confucianism - Taoism - Shinto - Speaker - Video Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 19, 20 & 21
Smith: Chapters IV & V

Week 5
Zoroastrianism - Judaism - Speaker - Video Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 4, 5 & 6
Smith: Chapter VII - Term Paper Draft due in Class

Week 6
Islam - Speaker - Video
Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 10, 11 & 12
Smith: Chapter VI

Papers due for preliminary review

Week 7
Christianity - Speaker -Video
Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 7, 8 & 9
Smith: Chapter VIII

Week 8
Primal Religions - Speaker - Video
Toropov & Buckles: Chapters 22 & 23
Smith: Chapter IX- Term Papers Due

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
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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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
LEARNING AGREEMENT and REGISTRATION FORM                      Student Copy

Items marked with the asterisk (*) MUST be completed This is a formal agreement between the student and the instructor of RE 109, World Religions.  Its purpose is to clarify the expectations of the instructor and the students for the course.  Read and initial each statement.  If there is any part of this agreement that you do not understand, please contact the instructor.

* I have received a copy of the course syllabus.  ______

* I have read the syllabus.  ______

* I understand how my grade will be determined for this course.  ______

* I realize that my participation is required in this course and that if I miss more than two (2) sessions, I will be dropped from the course.  ______

* I understand that if I miss a class I am required to turn in make-up work for that class period or I will forfeit my grade for that period.  Make-up work is due at the beginning of the next class period that I attend. _____

I expect to learn about World Religions, and that I have the right to a quality educational setting, conducive to learning, and free of prejudice or harassment.  ______

Grade Structure
50% Term Paper
40% Class Participation
10% Chapter Quiz

* Date: ____________

*Signature of Student
___________________________________________________


Student Registration World Religions RE 109

PLEASE PRINT the following information:

* Name          
________________________________________________          

(nickname if you prefer a nickname be used)

_________________________

Address during school term)        

* Street: ________________________________________

City and State: __________________________________

* Phone: (    )  _________________

* E-mail Address using both upper and lower case

letters:_______________________________________________

Work Place: ___________________________  

Business hours: _______________

General description of your work: _____________________________________

Phone: (    ) _________________    

Do you receive calls at work?  Yes ___   No ___

* Student Status:

Are you completing a degree?  Yes ___  No ___

What is your area of your major? _________________________

What is your grade average?  __________

What grade might you work for in this course?  _________

* If you know you must miss a class session(s), please give dates.

* Special needs, schedule difficulties, or other matters:




       LEARNING AGREEMENT and REGISTRATION FORM                      Instructor's Copy

Items marked with the asterisk (*) MUST be completed This is a formal agreement between the student and the instructor of RE 109, World Religions.  Its purpose is to clarify the expectations of the instructor and the students for the course.  Read and initial each statement.  If there is any part of this agreement that you do not understand, please contact the instructor.

* I have received a copy of the course syllabus.  ______

* I have read the syllabus.  ______

* I understand how my grade will be determined for this course.  ______

* I realize that my participation is required in this course and that if I miss more than two (2) sessions, I will be dropped from the course.  ______

* I understand that if I miss a class I am required to turn in make-up work for that class period or I will forfeit my grade for that period.  Make-up work is due at the beginning of the next class period that I attend. _____

I expect to learn about World Religions, and that I have the right to a quality educational setting, conducive to learning, and free of prejudice or harassment.  ______

Grade Structure
50% Term Paper
40% Class Participation
10% Chapter Quiz

* Date: ____________

*Signature of Student

___________________________________________________


Student Registration World Religions RE 109

PLEASE PRINT the following information:

* Name          
________________________________________________          

(nickname if you prefer a nickname be used)

_________________________

Address during school term)        

* Street: ________________________________________

City and State: __________________________________

* Phone: (    )  _________________

* E-mail Address using both upper and lower case

letters:_______________________________________________

Work Place: ___________________________  

Business hours: _______________

General description of your work: _____________________________________

Phone: (    ) _________________    

Do you receive calls at work?  Yes ___   No ___

* Student Status:

Are you completing a degree?  Yes ___  No ___

What is your area of your major? _________________________

What is your grade average?  __________

What grade might you work for in this course?  _________

* If you know you must miss a class session(s), please give dates.

* Special needs, schedule difficulties, or other matters:

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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