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RE 307 Religion in Todays World
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Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

RE 307 Religion in Todays World

Semester

S1T 2013 DLB

Faculty

Steury, Wayne F.

Title

Senior Adjunct  Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Th. B., Theology - God's Bible School College
M. A.  Biblical studies - Luther Rice Seminary
D. Min.  Church Ministry - LAEL Graduate School

Office Location

817 West Main St., Berne, IN 46711

Office Hours

Throughout the day but especially mornings. Limited on Sunday.

Daytime Phone

260-589-8933

Other Phone

260-525-8933 (cell)

E-Mail

wayne.steury@park.edu

waynesteury@gmail.com

Semester Dates

S1T 2013

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

none, but a basic course in world religions is helpful

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
  Cimino, Richard and Don Lattin: Shopping for Faith - text only, any edition.

  Eck, Diana L.: A New Religious America, any edition.

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
RE 307 Contemporary aspects of religious thought and practice across a variety of disciplines and expressions, and considering current trends and movements. Attention will be given to religion as manifested on the world state, with particular attention to the role it plays in the United States. The attempt is made to integrate religion with business, education, the sciences, politics consistent with current experience. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in the importance of interaction between students and instructor and students and students, arising out of lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet resources, videos, web sites and writings. I will challenge students to know the history and geography of their place in the world community and to be aware of movements around them.  I expect students to pay attention to maps, to the news, and to what people are doing and saying in the world.

Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Students will be evaluated based upon participation, response to discussion questions, development of an essay project, contributions of religion in today's world, analysis of video presentation, independent research presented for class consideration, and examination.

Grading:
Points may be earned with each graded class activity.  Accumulation will build during the term to a possible 960 points.
Final course grades will be determined as follows:
A     90-100%    864 points and higher
B    80-89%    768 - 863 points
C    70-79%    672 – 767 points
D    60-69%    576 – 671 points
F    59% and below    575 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and
Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends
midnight the last Sunday of the term. Readings, activities, and
assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be
completed by Sunday of the week, unless there is a specific due date
in Course Schedule.  It is important to understand that this is not a
course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-
week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's
assignments. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not
receive credit.

Late Work
Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday
at midnight Central Time). No credit will be received for work turned in
after the week it was due, unless you have contacted me before the
due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide
whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late
work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern. There is no
extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during
the time frame expected. 

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In this course, some people may have different opinions with which you
do not agree. Be objective and respectful when responding
to different points of view. Working online may make communication
more difficult since you don't see each other's body language. For help with your online writing and posting please go to http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html The Core Rules of
Netiquette.
 
1. Online communications need to be composed with fairness,
honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in
an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on
your level of professionalism. 
2. It is important not to take disagreement personally. 
3. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be
objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not
making personal attacks on the ability of others or making
statements that have the potential to be taken personally. 
 
4. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in
thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. 
 
5. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The
important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not
create defensiveness, which does not promote learning. 
 
You can see more about core rules of netiquette at
http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have
questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  

 WEEK ACTIVITIES    TOPIC
1
Shopping for Faith: Introduction, chapters 1-3.  Eck, chapter 1.
Quizzes.  Weekly Finds.  Discussion.
Getting to know you, intro to topic  Why study religion? Religion In Today's World Overview
 2 Shopping for Faith: chapters 4-6.  Eck, chapter 2.  Weekly Finds.  Begin development of Essay Project.  Discussion. What’s going on?
Communities
What are we really dealing with? 
 3 Shopping for Faith: chapters 7-9.   Weekly Finds.  Continue development of Essay Project.  Discussion.  Group project. “We the people…” Who is “We”?
4      
Eck, chapters 3, 4, 5. Weekly Finds.  Continue development of Essay Project.  Discussion.  Submission of group project.
The influence of East and West
Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims
5
Read articles provided in the week. Weekly Finds.  Continue development of Essay Project.  Video.  Discussion. Religion and Science
6
Read articles provided in the week. Read classmates’ web research on Religion and Disciplines.  Weekly Finds.  Peer review of Essay Project.  Discussion. Religion and the Disciplines: Law, Education, Business, Politics, Medicine, and so on
7
Read articles provided in the week.
Read classmates’ web research on Cults.  Weekly Finds.  Submission of final Essay Project.  Video.  Discussion.
New Religious Movements
Cults
Sects
8
Read Eck, chapters 6 & 7.
Read Postscript in Shopping for Faith.
Read articles provided in the week. Discussion.  Weekly Finds.  Proctored Final Exam.
Who are you? What do you believe? Emerging movements  
Bridge Building: A New Multireligious America 

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 95-96

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 95
If it discovered that a student has plagiarized another's work, that assignment will receive no credit.  If plagiarism is discovered a second time, or is discovered in the essay project or the final exam, the student may fail the course.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate student's clear and consistent ability to assemble 5 or more resources pertaining to religion in today's world, and compose researched essays based upon emergent themes.
Additional note will be made of similar themes; additional resources may be referenced
 
The artifacts demonstrate student's ability to assemble 5 resources pertaining to religion in today's world, and compose researched essays based upon emergent themes. The artifacts demonstrate student's ability to assemble fewer than 5 resources pertaining to religion in today's world, and compose researched essays based upon emergent themes. The artifacts fail to demonstrate student's ability to synthesize current information related to religion in today's world. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate the student's clear and consistent ability to examine 5 or more current resources, relating themes to the material gained from texts, class discussion and analyzing their content. The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to examine 5 current resources relating themes to the material gleaned from texts and class discussion. The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to examine fewer than 5 current resources, relating themes to the material gained from texts and class discussion. The artifacts fail to demonstrate the student's ability to effectively analyze current information related to religion in today's world. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate the student's clear and consistent ability to assess 5 or more resources pertaining to religion in today's world, evaluating them for thematic content and estimating their impact in the arena of current religion. The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to assess 5 resources pertaining to religion in today's world, evaluating them for thematic content. The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to assess fewer than 5 resources pertaining to religion in today's world, evaluating them for thematic content The artifacts fail to demonstrate the student's ability to assess current information related to religion in today's world. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to clearly and consistently utilize the vocabulary of religion and religious themes throughout the research papers. The artifacts demonstrate the student's ability to effectively utilize the vocabulary of religion and religious themes throughout the research papers. The artifacts minimally demonstrate the student's ability to utilize the vocabulary of religion and religious themes throughout the research papers. The artifacts fail to demonstrate the student's ability to effectively utilize the vocabulary of religion and religious themes. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate the ability to appropriate concepts in current religious conversations. Artifacts demonstrate particular insight and sensitivity to issues where understandings and convictions differ. Artifacts demonstrate facility with the concepts, disciplines, and structures of religion in today's world. Artifacts minimally demonstrate facility with the concepts, disciplines, and structures of religion in today's world. Artifacts fail to demonstrate facility with the concepts, disciplines, and structures of religion in today's world. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifacts demonstrate student's ability to apply principles of openness, curiosity and inquiry to the interpretation of resources pertaining to religion in today's world , showing particular insight and sensitivity to issues where understanding and convictions differ. The artifacts demonstrate student's ability to apply principles of openness, curiosity and inquiry to the interpretation of resources pertaining to religion in today's world. The artifacts minimally demonstrate student's ability to apply principles of openness, curiosity and inquiry to the interpretation of resources pertaining to religion in today's world. The artifacts fail to demonstrate the student's ability to apply principles of openness, curiosity and inquiry to the interpretation of resources pertaining to religion in today's world. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The artifact as a whole demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate through the use of correct writing structures and document organization.  Virtually error-free. The artifact as a whole demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate through the use of correct writing structures and document organization.  A few errors in spelling, grammar, organization. The whole artifact of 5 researched essays minimally demonstrates the student's ability to develop and formulate formal researched essays responding to current themes in religion.  Many errors in spelling, grammar, organization. The whole artifact of 5 researched essays fails to demonstrate the student's ability to develop and formulate formal researched essays responding to current themes in religion utilizing correct writing structures and document organization. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
All components of the whole artifact demonstrate the clear and consistent ability to effectively communicate on the themes relevant to religion in today's world. The whole artifact of 5 researched essays demonstrates the student's ability to develop and formulate formal researched essays responding to current themes in religion. Various components of the whole artifact demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate on the themes relevant to religion in today's world. The whole artifact of 5 researched essays fails to demonstrate the student's ability to develop and formulate formal researched essays responding to current themes in religion. 
M/LL or Graduate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1-6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The whole artifact demonstrates student's awareness and concern for contemporary issues. The whole artifact demonstrates student awareness and concern for contemporary issues. The whole artifact demonstrates minimal student awareness and concern for contemporary issues. The whole artifact fails to demonstrate student awareness and concern for contemporary issues. 

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