RE 109 World Religions
F1B 2012 BL
Epperson, David G.
B.S. Secondary EducationM.DIV (Master of Divinity)M.A. Humanities
BLDG # 616, Room # 10, Fort Bliss, TX
7:10 - 7:40 PM
August 20 – October 14, 2012
7:40 - 10:10 PM
Textbook: Matthews, Warren, World Religions. Sixth Edition, 2010, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 10 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3098. ISBN - 13: 978-0-495-60385-6
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is one of interaction based on lecture, reading, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings. I will engage each learner in what is referred to as collective learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Daily Written Assignments (1-10)...........................10%
Term Paper Presentation...........................................5%
Mid-Term (Based on textbook and lecture).........30%
Final Exam (Based on textbook and lecture)........30%
Grading: A - 100% - 90% 100-90 points
B - 89% - 80% 89-80 points
C - 79% - 70% 79-70 points
D - 69% - 60% 69-60 points
F - <59% <59 points
Late Submission of Course Materials: If an assignment is submitted late, one letter grade is deducted from the original grade. If it is over one week late, it will not be accepted. If an exam is missed, it must be made up during the next scheduled class. Plan ahead and let me know if for some reason you will be absent. I am willing to work with students. Please note that all books must be purchased by the third week of class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Personal perspectives will be valued. No personal or character attacks are allowed; however, it is acceptable to appropriately challenge a position of the author, the teacher, or another student based on educational constructs.
2. All discussions will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas, and opinions focused on the subject at hand.
3. Courtesy in the classroom should be maintained at all times. No profanity in the classroom, and students will not have private conversations.
4. Active cell phones, PDAs, pagers, and Ipods are not permitted during class instruction unless directly used in a presentation. Laptops may not be used to surf the web during class instruction, but they may be used if it relates to the course instruction. Cell phones may be placed on vibrate in case there is an emergency.
Thursday, August 23, 2011, Chapter One: "Religions of the Americas"
Discussion on the common features of North American Religions.
Written Assignment due on August 28: Paragraph One: How were the Aztecs involved in maintaining the universe? Paragraph Two: Which group and its religion (In Chapter One) do you find most appealing and why? If none of them appeal to you, explain why.
Thursday, August 30, 2012, Chapter Three: "Religions Arising in India"
Discussion on the origins of Hinduism in both India and in the United States.
Written Assignment due on September 4: Paragraph One: What conflicts do devout Hindus face in their careers in business, technology, and science in both India and in the United States? Paragraph Two: What elements of Hinduism do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Thursday, September 6, 2012, Chapter Six: "Religions of China and Japan"
Discussion on Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
Written Assignment due on September 11: Paragraph One: Describe the teachings in China that competed with those of Confucius? Paragraph Two: What elements of either Daoism, Confucianism, or Shinto do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Discussion on the historical developments in Judaism to include: Postexillic Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism, Medieval Judaism, and Judaism in the Modern Age.
Written Assignment due on September 13: Paragraph One: Why do the Jews honor King David and King Solomon? Paragraph Two: What elements of Judaism do you find interesting, comforting, or disturbing, etc.? Explain why?
Thursday, September 13, 2012, Chapter Eight: "Religions of the Family of Abraham, continued....."
Discussion on the Holocaust and the Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Written Assignment due on September 18: Paragraph One: Since Jews are always conscious of the Holocaust, why are memorials and museums of the Holocaust so essential for them? Paragraph Two: Give your impressions. How could something like the Holocaust occur? Could something like that happen again in the present time?
Thursday, September 20, 2012, Chapter Nine: "Christianity continued........."
Discussion on the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Reformation, and other forms of Protestant Christianity.
Written Assignment due on September 25: Paragraph One: What splits and reforms occurred in Christian Churches in the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries? Paragraph Two: What is your opinion of Luther and Henry VIII, and should they have broken away from the Catholic Church? Explain & Clarify?
Thursday, September 27, 2012, Chapter Eleven: "New Forms of Older Religions"
Discussion on the newer forms of older religions.
Written Assignment due on October 2: Paragraph One: What characteristics, if any, do leaders of new religions share with each other? Paragraph Two: Do newer religions offer any features that you find attractive? If so, name them and explain why they seem desirable. If not, explain why.
Thursday, October 4, 2012, Student Presentations of Term Paper
Pre-Test for Final Exam
Thursday, October 11, 2012, Final Exam
Sunday, October 14, 2012, End of the Semester
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Additional Information:1. Term papers will be at least 8 pages in length (main body). Students will give the high points of the chapter, but at least one page will be the student's view/opinion of the chapter. What did you find positive, negative, or simply fascinating? Students will use the text book and at least two additional references in writing their paper, and they will place their term paper in the dropbox in e-companion. The term paper is APA Style, and there will be a Cover Page and Reference Page.
2. No more than two students may write on any given chapter. Therefore, the presentations will serve as an additional educational benefit for the class.
3. Presentations of Term papers: Presentations are 5-7 minutes in length, followed by questions from your fellow students. Presentations will be thorough and clear.
4. Written Assignments: There are 12 written assignments, but students are only required to submit 10 written assignments. Extra credit (two points) is awarded to those who complete all 12.
5. Participation points are awarded if a student is present for class discussions. An excused absence will not earn participation points.
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