RE 307 Religion in Todays World
S1T 2013 DLB
Steury, Wayne F.
Senior Adjunct Professor
Th. B., Theology - God's Bible School CollegeM. A. Biblical studies - Luther Rice SeminaryD. Min. Church Ministry - LAEL Graduate School
817 West Main St., Berne, IN 46711
Throughout the day but especially mornings. Limited on Sunday.
none, but a basic course in world religions is helpful
Textbook: Cimino, Richard and Don Lattin: Shopping for Faith - text only, any edition.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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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.
Link to Class RubricClass 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
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
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
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questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.
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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 95If 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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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Last Updated:12/26/2012 2:20:02 PM