RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


S1I 2010 EM


St.Martin, Peter

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Hardcopy Text: World Religions, 2007
Author: Warren Matthews

Publisher: Wadsworth
ISBN: 100495603856


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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 will not and cannot function as the resident expert on world religion.  He remains a student along with the rest of the class.  Perhaps particular students may have a better grasp of segments of the subject matter than he has.  Through class and homework interaction together we will all learn.  Class discussion, homework, quizzes and a final examination will assess the effectiveness of this learning environment for us all.

Class Assessment:

Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook 
Class attendance  – Attend scheduled classes and participate in discussions

Homework You will be assigned two course projects described below, however circumstance may require additional assignments. For instance if mission requirements force an inordinate break in the scheduling of classes, homework may be assigned as a refresher, or if a concept is in need of clarification the class will explore activities or research that might assist in the learning

Project 1: Comparative Religion Matrix. Using the categories outlined in the introduction as headings, create table or spreadsheet describing the religions or groupings covered in the course according to each category. 
Project 2: For a religion of your choosing among those we covered in the course write a paper about 500 words in length

1.      Discuss the effect of its beliefs and practice upon the worldview of its adherents. 

2.      State your views on the impact of this worldview upon relations with other people. 

3.      Consider as well the level of difficulty or ease with which other groups may have in relating to that faith group.

4.      The text may be used as a foundation for the paper, however it is expected that you use additional resources. You might want to interview a believer/adherent for example. Resources may be found on line at official websites for the particular Faith Group. Books, periodicals and writings online or hardcopies may be available. See the teacher for approval or suggestions of such resources.

Quiz – As their primary purpose is to assess and adjust the effectiveness of the learning process quizzes will not be graded. However, each student will be required to complete all administered quizzes. They will cover the material over a particular section. Expect a quiz upon the completion of each chapter. Refer to the learning objectives to get a sense of what will be covered in the quiz.
Final Exam - Complete the final exam in week 8 (graded activity)



Grading System

Category Total potential points

Class preparedness      


Completed quizzes       

5 points each for 12 quizzes


Homework Project 1   


Homework Project 2   


Final Examination         


Total Points possible -  




Number of Points



358 - 400

89.5 - 100%


318 - 357

79.5 - 89.4%


278 - 317

69.5 - 79.4%


238 - 277

59.5 - 69.4%


000 - 237

00 - 59.4%


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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.

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