RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


F1I 2010 EMA


Weatherwax, Jason D.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology
Certificate for Chaplaincy

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Hardcopy Text: World Religions, 2007

Author: Warren Matthews

Publisher: Wadsworth
ISBN: 100495603856

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Huston Smith, The World's Religions, (New York: HarperCollins, 1991).
ISBN: 9780061660184

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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's educational philosophy is based upon group and individual learning through dialogue, lectures, projects, multimedia resources, writing, reading, and research.  The goal is for the entire class, including the facilitator, to learn by utilizing the group's varied learning styles and life experiences to explore the subject matter of the class.

Class Assessment:
Note: Circumstance may require additional assignments or changes in 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.


Weekly Discussion Questions:  The first class of each week you will submit responses to the "Questions for Review" at the end of each chapter in the required text book.  Responses are to be a paragraph each (about 30-50 words).

Course Project #1: Religious Matrix (Group Project) - You will be assigned a partner to create a Religious Matrix (i.e. Excel Spreadsheet) of each religion covered during the course using the categories provided in the introduction of the required text book (pages 2-3).  This project is due at the half-way point of the course.

Course Project #2: Religious Impact Essay - You will write a 500 word essay on a religion of your choosing, answering the question: "How has this religion impacted the world we live in today."  You will be required to use at least three resources other than your text (all resources must be approved by me).  This project is due the last week of the course.

Extra Credit:  Extra credit will only be granted for those maintaining a "C" average or higher (see grading chart below). 

Extra Credit #1: Interview someone of the faith you choose to write your course project #2 on.  The interview may be via email or even additional reading (i.e. a professional article or biography).  Then write a 250 word reflection paper about the interview.

Extra Credit #2: Sacred Site Visit - We will have a couple of opportunities to visit "sacred sites" during port visits.  Visit an approved site; then write a 250 word reflection paper about your experience. 


Grading System



Discussion Questions      

50/Wk (600)

Course Project #1   


Course Project #2   


Extra Credit         

100 (each)

Total Points Possible



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900 -1000

89.5 - 100%


800 - 899

79.5 - 89.4%


700 - 799

69.5 - 79.4%


600 - 699

59.5 - 69.4%


000 - 599

00 - 59.4%

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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