RE109 World Religions

for S2I 2011

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RE 109 World Religions


S2I 2011 EM


Eastman, John J.


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Christian Ministries
M.DIV Theology

Office Location

USS Bataan

Office Hours


Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

May 16 – August 10

Class Days

Mondays and Fridays

Class Time


Credit Hours


World Religions, Sixth Edition by Warren Matthews, (ISBN: 9780495603856)

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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:
My philosophy on education is based on lecture and discussion on topic as learned in readings, individual research using library, audio/visual, and internet resources.  Learner engagement encourages interaction of ideas, issues, and facts before entertaining conclusions. 

Class Assessment:

1. Twelve quizzes over reading assignment

2. Six tests over major sections

3. Final research paper


1.  Twelve chapter quizzes worth 5 points each for a total of 60 points

2.  Six tests worth 10 points each for a total of 60 points

3.  Ten page research paper worth 80 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of course material will result in degraded scoring; unless circumstance beyond the students control exists.  Instructor will judge based upon deployment schedule.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Proper USMC/NAVY grooming standards, Core Values, and academic integrity will be observed at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Introduction/ 16 May/ Read Chapter 1

Religions of the Americas/ 20 & 23 May/ Read Chapter 2

Religions of Africa/ 27 May & 30 May/ Read Chapter 3

Religions Arising in India/ 3 & 6 June/ Read Chapter 4

Buddhism/ 10 & 13 June/ Read Chapter 5

Jainism and Sikhism/ 17 & 20 June/ Read Chapter 6

China and Japan/ 24 & 27 June/ Read Chapter 7

Ancient Religions of Iraq and Iran/ 1 &5 July/ Read Chapter 8

Judaism/ 8 & 11 July/ Read Chapter 9

Christianity/ 15 & 18 July/ Read Chapter 10

Islam/ 22 & 26 July/ Read Chapter 11

New Forms of Older Religions/ 29 July & 1 August Read Chapter 12

Globalization and World Religions/ 5 August

Final research paper due/12 August

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
Dishonesty is a violation of the UCMJ and is punishable. Honesty violations will be handled appropriately by the student's chain of command.

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
Intentional plagiarism will be handled the same way as academic dishonesty.  Unintentional plagiarism will be constructively so a second violation does not occur.

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
Due to the changing schedule of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, both students and the instructor will remain flexible and adjust as the schedule allows.

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: .
In the case of injury or accident that prohibits a student from completing the class, the instructor will contact Park University for guidance.


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