RE 109 World Religions
S1T 2013 DLA
Adjunct Faculty, Religious Studies and Philosophy
M.A., Religious Studies, Arizona State University M.Div., Theology, Church Divinity School of the Pacific
Incorporated in online format
913 240-1676 Central Time Zone
Spring 1, January 14-March 10, 2013
Online Course Week: Monday 12:01 am-Sunday midnight, Central Time
Textbook: World Religions: A Historical Approach, Fourth Edition. Nigosian, S.A. 2008. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins
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I believe in the importance of interaction between students and instructor and students and students,
arising out of lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet resources, videos, web
sites, writings and so on. I will challenge students to know the history and geography of the
world community and to be aware of movements around them. I expect students to pay attention to
maps, to the news, and to what people are doing and saying in the world as relates to historical religions.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
An "A" is awarded to a paper whose controlling idea seems not only
clear but particularly thoughtful or imaginative. A "B" indicates a
focus that is clear and sustained throughout but that may not be
especially original. A "C" indicates satisfactory competence: the focus
is clear but commonplace or conventional. "D" and "F" papers lack focus.
An "A" is awarded to a paper that, whatever its length, seems to the
reader to be a full discussion. It makes use of both the material from
the supplied readings and also ideas, experiences, or information
supplied by the writer. All the material is smoothly integrated and
persuasively supports the paper's focus. The writer seems to be a
thoughtful, critical reader of the material with a genuine personal
"voice." A "B" indicates that the writer has incorporated the material
both appropriately in terms of content and smoothly in terms of style,
and has also contributed personal ideas and experiences to the
discussion. The paper's focus is clearly supported. A "C" in this
category indicates an essay that makes at least some use of the supplied
readings and some other material to support its focus, though the use
may not always be relevant, and the sources not discussed critically.
"D" and "F" papers make no use of the sources, fail to provide coherent
support for the paper's focus, or whose use consists of unmarked
quotations (copying from the sources word-for-word.)
An "A" paper is not only easy to follow, its structure seems effortless
because of smooth transitions and a convincing rhetorical pattern. A
"B" is awarded to the paper that has a clear paragraphing and a logical
sequence of topics. A "C" paper is generally easy to follow, with
reasonable paragraphing, though the discussion may wander briefly. "D"
and "F" papers are difficult to follow, either because the sequence of
topics is not logical, because it is repetitive, or because the
paragraphing is not helpful.
An "A" paper reads exceptionally smoothly, and the reader notices no
errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, or spelling. The "B" paper may
contain an occasional problem in sentence structure or diction, but the
reader is never seriously distracted. In a "C" paper, there may be
enough mechanical problems to distract the reader temporarily, but it is
always possible to understand what the writer means. "D" and "F"
papers have severe problems with sentence structure or word choice --
severe enough so that the meaning is difficult or impossible to
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assignments. A week's work submitted during the week will receive credit, though points may be
docked for missing a due date. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.
There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during
the time frame expected.
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In this course, some people may have different opinions with which you do not agree. Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view. Working online may make communication more difficult since you don't see each other's body language. For help with your online writing and
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an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on
your level of professionalism. 2. It is important not to take disagreement personally.
3. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be
objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not
making personal attacks on the ability of others or making
statements that have the potential to be taken personally.
4. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in
thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.
5. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The
important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning.
You can see more about core rules of netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have
questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.
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