RE109 World Religions

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RE 109 World Religions


F2I 2012 EMB


Matt A. Pickering


Adjunct Faculty


M.Div., Masters of Divinity, Lubbock Christian University
M.S., Athletics Administration, Oklahoma State University
B.A., Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Office Location

Marine Chaplains Office (4-43-1)

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 0800-1000

Daytime Phone

ext. 4911 (office) or ext. 1349 (stateroom)

E-Mail (preferred)

Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



World Religions, Warren Matthews, 7th Edition, Wadsworth, Inc., ISBN 978-1-111-83472

Additional Resources:

  • Instructor provided handouts in class and via email.
  • Religions: Visual Refernce Guides, Philip Wilkinson, Metro Books, ISBN 978-1-4351-2132-4

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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:

Here's what I'm looking for in this course.  I want each student to engage in learning about the religions of the world openly - not in conflict with their personnel set of religious beliefs, but independently seperate.  I'm looking for interaction based on lecture, reading, dialogues, exams, multi-media, and various writings.  Each student will engage in collective learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. 

Class Assessment:

20 points   Attendance, participation, discussion
40 points   Quizzes/Writings (8 quizzes/writings, 5 points each)
50 points   Midterm
40 points   Term Paper - topic to be approved by instructor, 7 pages, five sources, APA
50 points   Final Exam


There are a maximum of 200 points possible.
      A = 200-180 points
      B = 179-160
      C = 159-140
      D = 139-120
      F = 119-0

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All work is required on the date it is due.  Any and all late work will require EXTRA work on the student's part if they desire to make up the lost points.  The extra work will be an additional page of questions for midterm and/or final exam.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

RULE #1: You are here to learn.
RULE #2: Any action contrary to learning will require your dismissal from class and an adverse report to your chain of command.  You are always welcome in class if you are meeting rule #1.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1, Introduction
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 1-2
Week 2, Religions of the Americas and Religions of Africa
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 3-4
Week 3, Hinduism and Buddhism
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 6
Week 4, Religions of China and Japan
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 7
Week 5, Ancient Religions of Iraq and Iran, Midterm Exam
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 8
Week 6, Judaism
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 9
Week 7, Christianity
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 10
Week 8, Islam
Assignment: read World Religions, Chapter 11-12
Week 9, Religion in the Twenty-First Century, Term Papers DUE
Assignment: study for Final Exam
Week 10, Final Exam, course evaluations

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 ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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