RE109 World Religions

for S1F 2013

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RE 109 World Religions


S1F 2013 MY


Skeen, David O.


Senior Instructor


B.A.- University of Charleston
MA - California State University
M.Ed - Old Dominion University

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Semester Dates

14 January - 10 March 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM



Credit Hours



World Religions: A Histroical Perspective - S.A. Nigosian - 4th edition

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The Bible
The Koran

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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 edcuational philosophy is based both on interaction between instructor and student and peer interaction.  Methods of fostering and enhancing interaction will include instructor-led discussion, readings, student presentations, debate, quizzes, examinations, film and music, and computer technology.  Students will demonstrate the basic communication skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking each class session.  Each student will be further challenged to develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills regarding the exploration of issues and concepts.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to identify and list world religions.
  2. Describe how each religion makes sense of its place in the universe
  3. Compare and contrast religions studied and be able to analyze new religions encountered.
  4. Apply the principles of critical thinking regarding the historical development and belief systems of world religions.
Class Assessment:
Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following:
1.  Quizzes:  Both announced and unannounced quizzes on reading assignments will be administered.
2.  Mid-Term and Final Exams:  Students will complete two examinations, with the final being comprehensive.
3.  Research Paper/Presentation:  A topic is to be chosen, research material gathered, and a paper formulated.  A minimum of three (3) academic references must be used and cited.  Select a topic within the scope of World Religions.  Use your textbook as a reference in choosing an appropriate topic.  Topics must be approved by the instructor. 
The body of the paper should be four to five pages in length.  You must use the current version of APA or MLA for formatting your paper.  Margins shoudl be 1" and the entire paper should be doubl-spaced.  You should use the first paragraph to introduce the topic to the reader and to introduce the main points of the paper.  The main points of the paper will include the main topics of the research you have conducted.  Then you will move through to analyze and summarize each  of the main topics and key points of yoour paper.  Transition sentences should be used to tie one point to the next.  A final concluding paragraph should be included at the end.  You should avoid the use of personal pronouns in academic writing.  ALso, you should not cite someone that the author of the article you are reading cited, unless you personally read that source.  The paper is due both electronically and in hard-copy on or before the due date.  Electronic papers will be submitted to a plagiarism tool.
The paper will be graded to include:  grammar, flow of thought, transitions, content, and format.  Other factors may be considered in the grading of this paper.  If there are any questions while compelting this assignment, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor.  A minimus of three academic reference sources, in addition ot he text should be utilized.  Students will present their paper to the class.  Guidelines:  APA or MLA format, 4-5 pages of body text, 1" margins, double space, header, title page reference page (Grading criteria: format/references - 10, grammar - 10, introduction - 5, transitions and flow of thought - 5, conclusion - 10, key point summaries - 50, presentation - 10). 


Final Course grades will be determined as follows:
A  90-100%
B  80-89%
C  70-79%
D  60-69%
F  59% and below   

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 the 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 receive credit.            

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In this course some people may express opinions with which you do not agree.  Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view.   It is important not to take disagreement personally.  Differences in thinking are good because knowledge is brioadened and learning is enhanced.   Rersponses to different ideas and observations need to be objective.  This means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability or views of others.  Your responses reflect your level of maturity and professionalism.  Differences generate conflict.  The important thing is to manage conflict in a way that promotes a civil exchange of ideas which is conducive to learning.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Meeting Shcedule       Chapters Activities

Exams andAssignments Due

Meeting 1

17 Jan

Introduction/Religions of Africa & the Americas Lecture Notes/ Group Discussion     CH 1, 2, 3 7 & 8 Study Questions      

Meeting 2

24 Jan      

Hindusim Collect Homework/Lectur Notes/Group Discussion

Ch 10 Study Questions


Meeting 3

31 Jan


Collect Homework/Lecture Notes/

Video/Group Discussion

Ch 11 Study Questions/Midterm 7 Feb

Meeting 4

7 Feb

Mid-Term Exam/Religions of China & Japan  Collect Homework/Lecture Notes/Group Discussion/Student Presentation Ch 14 & 15 Study Questions

Meeting 5

14 Feb

Ancient religions of Iraq and Iran Collect Homewrok/Lecture Notes.Group Discussion/Student Presentations Ch 16 & 19 Study Questions

Meeting 6

21 Feb

Judaism/Christianity Collect Homework/Video/Group Discussion/Student Presentations Ch 17 & 18 Study Questions/Research papers Due 28 Feb

Meeting 7

28 Feb

Collect Homework& Research Papers/             
New Syncrestic Groups & Religious Comparasons

Lecture Notes/Group Discussion

 Ch 21 & 22 Study Questions/ Prepare for Final Examination              

Meeting 8

7 Mar

Final Examination Student Presentations

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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

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