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RE 307 Religion in Todays World
Vlahos, Clare


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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 Today's World

Semester

SP 2013 HO

Faculty

Vlahos, Clare

Title

Senior Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. University of Iowa
M.PH. University of Kansas
PH.D. University of Kansas

Office Hours

Arranged and after class

Daytime Phone

816 478-9019

E-Mail

clare.vlahos@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 14,2013-May 10,2013

Class Days

-M-W

Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Julia C. Hemeyer:  Religion in America,Prentice Hall, 6th edition ISBN  0205645208

Richard Cimino and Don Lattin:  Shopping for Faith, John Wiley, ISBN 0787961043
 

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Course Description:
RE 307(L.L.): 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 will is made to integrate religion business, education, the sciences, politics consistent with current experience. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
This course will expose students to a variety of ideas, many of which require criticism, because they are incompatible with other concepts in the course.  The course will offer an opportunity for students to respond through active use and evaluation of new material.  Students should appreciate the necessity and limits of reason's role in evaluating existential values.  Successful completion of the course should permit students to clarify and support their personal conceptual commitments.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the historical development of American religious diversity and its relation to the world religious scene.
  2. Discuss the impact of American religion and society interaction.
  3. Appreciate the various forms religious experience may take within and outside American religious organizations.
  4. Address the forms and causes for the development of unique American religions.
  5. Demonstrate a working understanding of skeptical perspectives toward religion.
  6. Deal with the existence of religious forms outside mainstream American society.
Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
·        Two in-class examinations.
 ·        Class attendance
·        A research project of 10 to 12 pages. The topic must be approved in advance by the instructor.  See Core Assessments.
 ·        A presentation in class based on the above research.
 ·        Regular class discussion based on the reading assignments. 

.         Short regular student presentations on observed aspects of religion.       
          Reaction papers for facilitation and discussion on assigned topics

Grading:
Grades will be based on the accumulation of points.  Each of the two examinations will be worth 80 points.  Class attendance,essays, and participation will be worth 40 points.  The research paper and oral presentation will be worth 100 points for a total of 300 points. A = 270 – 300 points B = 240 – 269 points C = 210 – 239 points D = 180 – 209 points F = 179 or below



Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will receive a reduced grade of 10% after one week.



Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Assignments are due the date listed on the syllabus.  Students should contact the instructor in advance if unable to attend class.Pagers and/or cell phone: Pagers and cell phones are banned during the class period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1-2

01:

14-23

Modern religion                                           
Reading:  Hemeyer, ch 1-2 
Lecture:  Religion in America and the world 
Video:  None 
Assignment:  Discuss requirements and syllabus, reflections, reaction essay/facilitation:Cimino ch 1                                               

3-4

01:

28

02:

06

Religion and society

Reading:  ch 3-4

Lecture:  Society and religion

Video:  Deliver Us From Evil 
Assignment:  Research topics investigation; reflections, reaction essay/facilitation: ch 4                                              

5-6

02:

11-20

Religious experience 
Reading:  ch 5-6
Lecture:  Religious experience
Video:  The Jesus factor

Assignment:  Student research topics due; reflections, reaction essay/facilitation: ch 2

7-8

02:

25

03:

06

03:

11-13

Secular spirituality 
Reading:  ch 7
Lecture:  Secular spirituality 
Video:  None 
Assignment:  Student prospectus and annotated research bibliography due, reflection, reaction essay/facilitation: ch 7 
Review and Examination 

Break         

9-10

03:

18-27

Unique American religious developments
Reading:  ch 8-9
Lecture:  New American religion,
Video:  The Mormons; Rabbi Kushner
Assignment:  reflections, reaction essay/facilitation: ch 6

11-12

04:

01-10


Religious skepticism 
Reading:  ch 10-11
Lecture:  Skepticism 
Video:  Spirituality & the brain; From science to God
Assignment:  reflections, reaction essay/facilitation: ch 9

13-14

04:

15-24

Marginal religious forms 
Reading:  ch 12-13 
Lecture:  New forms of religion 
Video:  Buddhism; Paganism
Assignment:  Student reports; complete research papers

15



16

04:

20

05:01

05:6

Directions of religiosity 
Reading:  None
Lecture:  Review
Video:  None
Assignment:  Research papers due; student reports 

 Examination 1:00 PM


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

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 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 .

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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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