RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


U1FF 2011 FA


Hull, Thomas M.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Arts Pastoral Ministry, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA.
Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

Office Location

Fairchild AFB, WA

Office Hours

4:30 PM & 8:00 PM

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 - July 31, 2011

Class Days

Tue, Thurs

Class Time

5:00 - 7:40 PM



Credit Hours


Living Religions, Eighth Edition, by Mary Pat Fisher, ISBN-13: 978-0205-83585-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
"Additional Internet Resources" listed on the last page of each chapter of Living Religions.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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:
An open and honest dialogue is the key to learning.  I use multiple mediums to present the material including lecture, discussion, the internet, videos and current events.  Religion and beliefs are often very personal and emotion and I encourage free inquiry and expression of ideas in the classroom.  I expect each person to be open and tolerant of other people's ideas and beliefs.  At the same time I expect students to justify their opinions and ideas with facts.  Students should be aware of current world events and I encourage you to bring them to class for discussion.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Trace the general developmental history of the major world religions
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the differences and similarities between the major religions of the world.
  3. Discuss the impact of religion on current world events.
  4. Appreciate the cultural contributions of the world religions.
Class Assessment:
Four (4) Quizzes covering material presented since previous quiz.
One (1) Term Paper covering a topic we will discuss on the first class.
Term Paper Presentation.
Class Participation.


Quizzes (X4) 50 pts each = 200 pts
   Note: Each quiz is mulitple choice and covers only material presented since the last quiz.
Class Participation (5 pts per class) = 80 pts
Term Paper = 100 pts
Term Paper Presentation = 20 pts
Total = 400 pts










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Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due at the beginning of class date as assigned unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.

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.
Beverage consumption is permitted but, unless you bring enough for everyone, food is not allowed.
You are expected to advise the instructor, if possible, if you cannot attend class and arrange for a makeup assignement. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date           Chapter         Topic
June 07                              Introduction/Class Overview
                                         What is religion?
                        1                Religious Responses
June 09            2                Indigenous Sacred Ways
                        4                Jainism

June 14            3                Hinduism

June 16            5                Buddhism

June 21       Quiz #1
                        6                Daoism and Confucianism
June 23            7                Shinto
June 28            8                Judaism
June 30            8                Judaism
July 05        Quiz #2
                   Term paper Outline Due
                        9                Christianity
July 07             9                Christianity
July 12             10              Islam
July 14             10              Islam
July 19        Quiz #3
                        11              Sikhism
July 21             12              New Religious Movements
July 26             13              Religion in 21st Century
July 28        Quiz #4
                   Term Papers Due & Presentation

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
Ensure all papers and graded written material follows the APA (American Psychological Association)format.

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
There are always unexpected circumstances-deployments, illness, weather-during the semester.  If you keep me informed and give me as much notice as possible, I will work with each student on an individual basis to ensure you complete the course requirements

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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