RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


F1Z 2007 ML


Duckworth, Patricia G.


Adjunct faculty


BA, English and Education
M.Div., Christian Education and Biblical Studies

Office Hours

by appointment, most times

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Semester Dates

August 6 - October 7, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Matthews, Warren.  World Religions.  5th edition.  Belmont, California:  Thomson Wadsworth Publishing, 2007.

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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 instructor's educational philosophy values the student's world view as well as his/her personal experiences  and beliefs which inform personal religious attitudes, core values and beliefs.  Lectures, reading, tests, group discussions, papers requiring critical thinking skills, visiting others places of worship and religious teaching, internet, and video are tools which broaden a student's understanding and thinking about religious experiences.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students completing this course will
  2. explore personal beliefs within the objective context of religion;
  3. be encouraged to think critically about religious beliefs, including their own;
  4. be able to show a working knowledge of the major beliefs and distinguishing characteristics of religions covered;
  5. be exposed to a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices;
  6. be able to describe the nature and significance of religious experience in general;
  7. be able to discuss the general difference between eastern and western religions;
  8. compare/contrast various religion beliefs with their own beliefs.
Class Assessment:
This course will make use of the following learning techniques:
a) lecture'
b) group work and discussion
c) outside reading
d) videos, websites, and TV shows as available
e) tests and papers


a) assigned reading in the text
b) 8 quizzes, 100 points each
c) 2 short essays (3-5 pages each), 100 points each
d) class participation, 100 points total

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All papers are to be submitted in prescribed form.  Late papers are discouraged.  Late papers will be accepted when prior arrangements have been made with the instructor and for reasons of illness or unscheduled work.  Late papers are subject to a penalty (10%).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to actively participate in classroom activities, demonstrate respect for others in speech and behavior, and to explore ideas openly and honestly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1 (m) Aug 6 Introductions and expectation

Religion and philosophy

Chapter 1 – Religions of the Americas

2 (w) Aug 8 Chapter 2 – Religions of Africa

3 (m) Aug 13 Chapter 3 – Hinduism

Test #1 (chapters 1, 2)

4 (w) Aug 15 Chapter 3 – Hinduism

5 (m) Aug 20 Chapter 4 -- Buddhism

Test # 2 (chapter 3)

6 (w) Aug 22 Chapter 4 – Buddhism

7 (m) Aug 27 Chapter 6 – China and Japan

Test #3 (chapter 4)

8 (w) Aug 29 Chapter 6 – China and Japan
                        Paper #1 due

9 (m) Sep 3 Chapter 7 – Ancient Religions of Iran and Iraq

Test # 4 (chapter 6)

10 (w) Sep 5 Chapter 7 – Ancient Religions of Iran and Iraq

11 (m) Sep 10 Chapter 8 – Judaism

Test # 5 (chapter 7)

12 (w) Sep 12 Chapter 8 – Judaism

13 (m) Sep 17 Chapter 9 – Christianity

Test #6 (chapter 8)

14 (w) Sep 19 Chapter 9 – Christianity

** (m) Sep 24 CLASS DEFERRED to September 29

15 (w) Sep 26 Chapter 10 – Islam

Test #7 (chapter 9)

16 (s) Sep 29 Chapter 10 – Islam

17 (m) Oct 1 Review and catch up – stump the teacher day
                        Paper #2 due     

18 (w) Oct 3 Test #8 (chapter 10)

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty or plagiarism has occurred in any part of this course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of "F" and dropped from the course.

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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Additionally, students are required to attend class.  A maximum of one (1) unexcused absence in allowed.  If a student misses more than one (1) class for an unexcused reason, the final letter grade will be dropped one letter for each additional day missed.  Students are responsible for reporting absences to the instructor prior to class.  If a student must miss more than 4 classes due to work activity, additional work is required to make up for the missed classes.  Students are to work out the details with the instructor early in the course.

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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