RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


S2I 2011 EMA


Londono, Diego H.


Adjunct Faculty


MA Mental Health Counseling
BA Psychology

Office Location

4-43-1-Q. Marine Chaplain Office

Office Hours

As per request.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

MAY 15, 2011 - NOVEMBER 15, 2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Matthews, W. (2006). World Religions  (sixth edition). US/Wadsworth

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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:
This class will be a journey of discovery and research that will take all students through a systematic understanding of religion as a whole and religions around the world by using presentations, class discussions, personal reflections, and group projects. The responsibility and commitment to learning will be commonly shared by the class facilitator and the students. Students are highly encouraged to complete their class readings and to prepare well to complete their core assessment.

Class Assessment:

Students will complete the following assignments during this class:

  1. Paper and presentation

Students will interview 4 different people on ship and get them to share with them their views on the following areas: (1) what is religion; (2) how important is religion in your life; (3) who taught you about religion; (4) what religious rituals do you practice; (5) what are your religion’s major holidays; (6) would you teach your children your religious beliefs; and (7) do you believe in God.                         

Once students complete the interviews, students will present a summary of the responses obtained in their research and prepare a short class presentation with the outcome of their results. It will help to interview people with diverse belief systems. 50 points value

  1. Comprehensive midterm & final exams.                                     80 points value
  2. 10 reaction papers.  Reaction papers are 1-page long and include 2 paragraphs. One paragraph will describe their reaction to the religious system discussed in the previous class. The second paragraph will present the most important gain from the material read for the class of the week.                                                                          50 points value
  3. Class participation.                                                                               20 points  value



Students will earn up to 200 points divided as follows: 



Paper & presentation

50 points

Reaction papers

50 points

Class participation

20 points

Comprehensive midterm and final exam

80 points


200 points


Final number of points will be divided by 2 and rounded up to closest number. Final grading scale is as such:



Letter grade



91 – 85


84 – 78


77 – 65


65 or less


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Reaction papers are to be submitted at the beginning of class no exceptions. Work diligently in all your projects. Procrastination doesn’t produce effective results. Be creative and engage in the process of learning. What you put in, you will get out!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Enclosed rules provide a basic framework to make classes enjoyable for all:

  1. Listen and allow others to speak
  2. All feedback is welcome as long as it is appropriate and is provided in a climate of respect and good order
  3. Eating and drinking is permissible as long as class members clean up after themselves
  4. Arrive on time
  5. Come prepared every class

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Project due

Week 1


Textbook Introduction


Week 2

Religions of the Americas

Textbook chapter 1

Reaction paper

Week 3

Religions of Africa

Textbook chapter 2

Reaction paper

Week 4

Religions arising in India

Textbook chapter 3

Reaction paper

Week 5


Textbook chapter 4

Reaction paper

Week 6

Jainism & Sikhism

Textbook chapter 5

Reaction paper


Week 7

China & Japan

Textbook chapter 6

Reaction paper

Week 8

Ancient Religions of Iraq & Iran

Textbook chapter 7

Reaction paper -Paper & presentation

Week 9


Textbook chapter 8

Reaction paper

Week 10


Textbook chapter 9

Reaction paper

Week 11


Textbook chapter 10

Reaction paper

Week 12

New Forms of Older Religions/Globalization & World Religions

Textbook chapters 11 & 12


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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