RE 109 World Religions
F2OO 2011 WO
Gifford, Matthew D.
October 17 - December 10 2011
5:00 - 10:20 PM
Textbook: Hopfe, Lewis & Mark Woodward; Religions of the World, 11th edition, Vango Books.
Additional Resources: There will be various handouts, which, I will provide in class.
Here are a few good websites I have found helpful in the past, and I will refer to them in class from time to time.
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Educational Philosophy: Class time will be spent in lectures and discussions. The lecture material will be based on
readings from the book and other sources, such as, websites and handouts. However, it is up to the student to be
prepared for the lecture.
Discussions are vital to philosophy and religion courses, not to mention the fact that you
have 2 options: 1) I can talk for 5 hours each session or
2) there can be a lively discussion about questions and topics you care about
from the reading that are germane to the course material. The choice is yours.
There will be 3 test
given in this class. They should
fall on the days scheduled in this syllabus, however, I cannot promise
this. I will tell you at the end
of the night if there will be a test the following week and answer any
questions you have about it from the review. Any time you miss a class or even a portion of a class it is
your responsibility to get notes from someone in the class and ask them about
The test will probably consist of multiple-choice questions,
true/false, fill in the blank and matching, and probably a few essay questions.
Each test is worth 100 points and 25% of your final grade & will be taken
on a scantron, which, you provide.
The test will be
given at the beginning of class and you will have 1 hour 15 mins. for the
test. If you miss the test given
in class there will be a 25 point deduction from test grade. If not taken by the start of class, one
week after the test was given, I will not grade the test. I cannot stress how much of a problem
it is for all involved when you miss a test, and therefore you should be in
class when they are given.
Only in cases of
death of a loved one, personal illness or military orders will I consider
revoking any point deduction & due date, AND documentation with a date on
it will be required. I reserve the
right to make the final decision on any and all cases involving a missed tests
and point deductions. You should
email me prior to the test if you feel you might miss it, if not before the
test, asap after because if you wait till the week after the test you will have
failed it. Test must be taken
before I give it in class in any case where you knew you would not be able to
make it, there will be no point deductions for test taken early.
In order to get as much time for conversation in class, this
semester, you will complete 4 short papers, these 4 combined will count for 25%
of your final grade. Each will
only be about the lives of major figures or founders of the various religions
we study and all the information you need to do this can be found in your book. I actually prefer that you only use
your textbook, and stay off the internet to do this assignment to avoid any
accidental plagiarism. Each must
be 1-2 pages long with 1 inch margins, 12pt font, single spaced &
written in complete college paragraphs.
I do not care if you use APA, MLA or Chicago for your citation
(I realize these systems say to double spaced, but you must have this single
spaced), however, one must be used and used correctly; so use the one with
which you are most comfortable. We
will go over some of this in class as well if you have questions. BECAUSE if you do not format your paper
correctly chances are you will violate one of the schools plagiarism policies
and you will receive a 0 on the paper and be turned into the office.
The people you MUST cover in this are: Jesus, Mohammed,
Buddha, Lao-Tzu & Confucius (these last two will be combined for the final
paper still just 1-2 pages).
What I need from you about each of these 5 people are a
general overview and descriptions of their: Birth, lives, death. Tell of any significance, meaning or
miracles that are said to attributed to these events. You should also cover dates and major geographical
info. Some of these sections will
be shorter than others and some will be longer, that is ok, but each person/paper
should have at least 1 full page worth of content (Lao-Tzu will not have 1 page worth of content, thus he is combined with Confucius). You could even do a timeline format as long as it meets all
the above stated requirements and is in complete college paragraphs.
The Jesus & Mohammed papers will be due with the 1st
test, Buddha with the 2nd & Confucius & Lao-Tzu with the
final. However, it would be
incredibly wise of you to do this before we start talking about the religion of
which they were apart. NO late
papers will be accepted and only in special circumstances will I let you email
it to me, but it must be emailed to me by midnight the night of the test both
as an attachment and in the content of the email. You must be in class the full time the night of the test to
qualify for this, and I will be judge of “special circumstances.”
Grading: Student grades will be determined according to the
following breakdown and scale:
Exams: 75% (Each of the 3 test is worth 25%)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Test have one week to be made up and there will be a point deduction, NOTE, this means if you miss a test, you must make it up BEFORE the next class starts. See test section for more details.
Papers must be turned in the night of the test. No late papers will be accepted, see above for more details.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Attendance and contribution is necessary to gain the full
experience of an education.
Therefore, students are required to attend each class session. While you are required to be in class your children
and cell phones are not suppose to be. I cannot stress enough how much it will
irritate me if I catch you texting or on Facebook in the middle of my lecture
(or anything else). Please do not
disrespect me or your classmates by doing this. Do not be surprised if I ask you to step outside and finish
your texting. Also, while in my
class I expect you to be working on my material and not another classes, please
do not work on anything in my class that is not germane to my class.
Please be prepared to have lively
discussions in class, to do this you must read before you come. No listening to music either.
Day 1: Intro, Judaism
Day 2: Judaism & Christianity
Day 3: Islam & 3-4 Modern Day Religions (Jehovah’s
Witnesses, Mormons ect.)
Day 4: TEST and Jesus & Mohammed Papers due, Hinduism
Day 5: Hinduism, Buddhism
Day 6: TEST and Buddha Paper due, Taoism,
Day 7: Confucianism, Shinto
Day 8: TEST and Lao-Tzu & Confucius Paper due & Movie and conversation
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Plagiarism: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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93See "Paper" section above.
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