RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


U1OO 2012 WO


Gifford, Matthew D.


Adjunct Faculty


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


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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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:
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. 

Class Assessment:


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 upcoming tests. 

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 33% 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. 

Student grades will be determined according to the following breakdown and scale:
Exams: 100% (Each of the 3 test is worth 100 points and 33%)

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.

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. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Day 1: Intro, Judaism

Day 2: Judaism & Christianity

Day 3: Islam & 3-4 Modern Day Religions (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons ect.)

Day 4: TEST & Hinduism

Day 5: Hinduism, Buddhism

Day 6: TEST & Taoism,

Day 7: Confucianism, Shinto

Day 8: TEST & Conversation

Academic Honesty:
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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.

  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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Last Updated:4/21/2012 5:00:51 PM