RE 109 World Religions
SP 2012 HO
Boster, Stephen W.
Adjunct Professor of Religion
Master of DivinityMaster of Business AdminsitrationBachelor of Arts in Psychology
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Textbook: Esposito, John L., Fasching, Darell J., Lewis, Todd. World Religions Today, 4th Ed. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-19-975951-4
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor’s educational philosophy incorporates multiple communication mediums to introduce and reinforce concepts and learned skill sets. Learners will be encouraged to engage in online discussions, class verbal interactions, lectures, reading, quizzes, exams, a research paper, and class projects to add to the overall environment of free inquiry and expression of ideas in the classroom.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work will be accepted, except for Quizzes and Exams. Work missed due to an "Excused" absence must be turned in by the next class period and will not carry a penalty. A dated note from the doctor, a prescription or car repair receipt will be required to validate excused absences. If the absence is "Unexcused" the grade received on any regular assignment turned in after the due date will be reduced by 10% for each day it is late. Assignments that are more than 10 days late will receive a grade of zero.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Religion can be a sensitive and controversial subject with strong convictions, beliefs, and expressions. Respect for fellow students and the instructor is required at all times as pursuant to the behavior consistent with Park University guidelines. The classroom and learning mediums are for the purpose of the exploration and expression of ideas.
1. Cell Phone Usage: Students who are expecting an emergency phone call may leave a phone or pager on if you set it to silent or vibrate. Students will notify the instructor in advance of the potential for the phone call. If an emergency call or text is received, the student must take the call or text outside of the classroom. Please NOTE, cell phone usage (including: receiving, answering and making phone calls; leaving the classroom to take a call, text messaging, and direct-connecting) is prohibited from the time class begins until dismissed. Students who text during class will lose 10 class participation points each time they are observed.
2. Computer Usage: Computers are wonderful tools that allow us to organize, store and retrieve information quickly and easily. You are welcome to bring your laptop with you to class for this purpose. However, with the advent of wireless networks and broadband internet connections, computers now offer students many opportunities for distraction. If the distractions become too frequent or noticeable, computer usage for the entire class may be disallowed. Please do not let your web surfing, instant messaging, Facebook and Twitter status updating habits ruin this privilege for the whole class. Students who violate correct computer usage during class will lose 10 class participation points each time they are observed.
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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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 93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Additional Information:Major Paper Writing Guidelines
Students will write a 5-7 page paper on a topic of interest relevant to the course. All topics must be approved by the instructor in writing (email is preferred) by February 17, 2012. Papers are due April 23, 2012. Paper topics are to pertain to the World Religions academia. Topics may include subjects discussed during class lecture or from the readings of the course textbooks.
Sources: Each paper submitted is expected to have a minimum of three (3) research sources other than the course textbooks. Wikipedia articles, dictionary entries, encyclopedia articles do NOT count as a research source. Internet citations of blogs will not be accepted. If you have any concerns about a particular resource, feel free to email the professor for clarification. Use sources to support and augment your position in the paper. Do NOT give a summary of a resource as your paper. The paper should reflect your ability to synthesize the resources to support your discussion and insights of the topic of choice.
Expectations: A high quality of writing and grammar usage is important in the production of all class work and assignments. Assignments that show a lack of attention and/or low proficiency in writing and grammar skills will be returned un-graded for correction and resubmission. If resubmission of an assignment makes the assignment late, late penalties will apply. The following standards have been established by Dr. Steve Atkinson for evaluating the Writing Competency Test (WCT). All Park students are required to pass the WCT, so it is to the student's advantage to begin practicing these standards.
An "A" is awarded to a paper whose controlling idea seems not only clear but particularly thoughtful or imaginative.
A "B" indicates a focus that is clear and sustained throughout but that may not be especially original.
A "C" indicates satisfactory competence: the focus is clear but commonplace or conventional.
"D" and "F" papers lack focus.
An "A" is awarded to a paper that, whatever its length, seems to the reader to be a full discussion. It makes use of both the material from the supplied readings and also ideas, experiences, or information supplied by the writer. All the material is smoothly integrated and persuasively supports the paper's focus. The writer seems to be a thoughtful, critical reader of the material with a genuine personal "voice."
A "B" indicates that the writer has incorporated the material both appropriately in terms of content and smoothly in terms of style, and has also contributed personal ideas and experiences to the discussion. The paper's focus is clearly supported.
A "C" in this category indicates an essay that makes at least some use of the supplied readings and some other material to support its focus, though the use may not always be relevant, and the sources not discussed critically.
"D" and "F" papers make no use of the sources, fail to provide coherent support for the paper's focus, or whose use consists of unmarked quotations (copying from the sources word-for-word.)
An "A" paper is not only easy to follow, its structure seems effortless because of smooth transitions and a convincing rhetorical pattern.
A "B" is awarded to the paper that has a clear paragraphing and a logical sequence of topics.
A "C" paper is generally easy to follow, with reasonable paragraphing, though the discussion may wander briefly.
"D" and "F" papers are difficult to follow, either because the sequence of topics is not logical, because it is repetitive, or because the paragraphing is not helpful.
An "A" paper reads exceptionally smoothly, and the reader notices no errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, or spelling.
The "B" paper may contain an occasional problem in sentence structure or diction, but the reader is never seriously distracted.
In a "C" paper, there may be enough mechanical problems to distract the reader temporarily, but it is always possible to understand what the writer means.
"D" and "F" papers have severe problems with sentence structure or word choice -- severe enough so that the meaning is difficult or impossible to understand.
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