RE109 World Religions

for S2T 2013

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RE 109 World Religions


S2T 2013 DL


Forester, Andrew W.


Adjunct Faculty, Religion and Philosophy


B.S. Missouri State University
M.Div. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Office Location

24/7 In Virtual Office (under Course Home)

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Semester Dates

Spring 2, 2013

Credit Hours


World Religions: A Historical Approach, Fourth Edition.  Nigosian, S.A.  2008.  Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins.

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Course Description:
RE 109 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:
The instructor's educational philosophy incorporates multiple communication mediums to introduce and reinforce concepts.  Learners will be encouraged to engage in discussion, introspective journaling, lectures, readings, exams, discussion boards, group projects to add to the overall environment of free inquiry and expression of ideas in the classroom.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will use critical thinking skills to investigate, analyze, and compare beliefs and practices from different cultures and religions using historical, geographical and socio-cultural approaches.
  2. Learners will increase appreciation for diverse historical, cultural and geographical roots of world religions as a primary stimulus of values, beliefs, ideas and worldviews.
  3. Learners will acquire and demonstrate mastery of the terms and concepts necessary for participation in academic religious studies pursuits and dialogue.
  4. Learners will explore other value systems and evaluate their own belief system; appreciating the diversity of perspectives, testing personal value sets and inventing the possibility of dynamic intercultural religious dialogue.
  5. Learners will synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines and backgrounds to increase appreciation for the role of deeply held beliefs and value sets in everyday processes for decision making.
Class Assessment:

Please see the course schedule (under Course Home) for specific due dates.

Please see the grading rubrics (under Course Home) for assignment description and requirements

Personal Perspective Paper (50 Points)

Weekly Reading Quizzes (200 Points)

Weekly Class Discussions: (200 Points)

Weekly Individual Projects  (100 Points)

Core Assessment:  (200 Points)

Interdisciplinary Paper:  (150 Points)

Final Exam:  (100 Points)


Grading for this course is based on a 1000 point system. 

Letter Grades

Total Points


1000 - 900


899 - 800


799 - 700


699 - 600


Less than 600


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be not be accepted except in extreme and unavoidable situations.  Documentation such as a doctor's note or car repair receipt will be required to verify the reason for the late work.   Military students will be asked to provide a copy of TAD or TDY orders if possible.

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Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life

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Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth

Rule 5: Make yourself look good online

Rule 6: Share expert knowledge

Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control

Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy

Rule 9: Don't abuse your power

Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

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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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Penalties for the first instance of plagiarism may include any one or combination of the following:
- documented reprimand,
- assignment of a lower grade on the assignment in question,
- assignment of failing grade in the course
- expulsion from the course with a passing grade (W)
- expulsion from the course with a failing grade (WF)
- referral to the Student Code of Conduct Administrator for consideration of suspension or expulsion from Park University.

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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.
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Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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