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RE 109 World Religions
Steury, Wayne F.


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Course

RE 109 World Religions

Semester

S1T 2013 DLB

Faculty

Steury, Wayne F.

Title

Senior Adjunct  Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Th. B., Theology - God's Bible School College
M. A.  Biblical studies - Luther Rice Seminary
D. Min.  Church Ministry - LAEL Graduate School

Office Location

817 West Main St., Berne, IN 46711

Office Hours

Throughout the day but especially mornings. Limited on Sunday.

Daytime Phone

260-589-8933

Other Phone

260-525-8933 (cell)

E-Mail

wayne.steury@park.edu

waynesteury@gmail.com

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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. 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. 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. 3. Learners will acquire and demonstrate mastery of the terms and concepts necessary for participation in academic religious studies pursuits and dialogue.
  4. 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. 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:

Personal Perspective Paper (100 Points)

A 3-5 page paper exploring personal religious background and experiences. Due Sunday of week 1 before midnight.

Weekly Reading Quizzes (200 Points)

Eight weekly quizzes (25 points each) will be given over the assigned readings, Due Sunday before midnight each week (except for the last week of class, quiz is due Thursday of the last week).

Weekly Class Discussions: (200 Points)

Eight threaded discussion questions (25 points each will be posted online. Each student will make an original post (300 words or more) to one question each week by Thursday at midnight. Students will substantively respond to two classmates (150 words for each response) each week before Sunday at midnight.

Weekly Individual Projects (100 Points)

Students will submit weekly projects on five different weeks (week 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Each project will condense and synthesize information about specific religions from reading, lecture and outside sources.   Due in the drop box on Sunday of each specified week.  

Core Assessment: (200 Points)

This assignment will represent the culmination of the course. In this assignment, students will employ critical thinking skills to analyze historical, cultural and religious frameworks.   Students will compile their learning of various world religions and demonstrate mastery of terms and concepts needed to explore other value systems and religious viewpoints.

Interdisciplinary Paper: (100 Points)

Students will utilize religious concepts and terms to demonstrate how religious beliefs affect everyday decisions in their chosen (or anticipated) occupation. 

Final Exam: (100 Points)

Final exam is comprehensive

Grading:

Grading:

Grading for this course is based on a point system. Graded opportunities include the following:

Item

Points

Grading Rubric

Due Date

Weekly Individual Projects (5)

20 Points each week 2-6 (100 Total Points)

See Grading Rubrics under Course Home

Weeks 2-6. Submit to Dropbox by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)

Discussions (8)

25 Points each week 1-8 (200 Total Points)

See Grading Rubrics

Weeks 1-8. Eight threaded discussion questions (25 points each will be posted online.  Each student will make an original post (300 words or more) to one question each week by Thursday at midnight.  Students will substantively respond to two classmates (150 words for each response) each week before Sunday at midnight.

Weekly Reading Quizzes (8)

25 Points each week 1-8 (200 Total Points)

Online Feedback

Weeks 1-8. Finish quiz by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)

Personal Perspective Paper (1)

100 Points (100 Total Points)

See Grading Rubrics

Week 1. Submit to Dropbox by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)

Core Assessment (1)

200 Points (200 Total Points)

See Grading Rubrics

Week 7. Finish the Core Assessment by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)

Interdisciplinary Paper (1)

100 Points (100 Total Points)

See Grading Rubrics

Week 8. Finish the Interdisciplinary Paper by Thursday at Midnight (Central Time)

Final Exam (1)

100 Points (100 Total Points)

Instructor Feedback

Week 8. Determined by Proctor Schedule. Final Exam is comprehensive.

 

 

Letter Grades

Total Points

Grade

1000 - 900

A

899 - 800

B

799 - 700

C

699 - 600

D

Less than 600

F

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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Consider the following rules regarding responsibility and respect from Virginia Shea's book Nettiquette (http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html)

Rule 1: Remember the Human

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

Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Topics

The academic study of religion in general, religious expressions from the dawn of history until around 3000 BCE and a discussion of the comparative process in religion. 

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 1, 2 and 22.

·         Week 1 Lecture


Introductions Discussion

·         Participate in the introductions thread with your classmates.

Posting due by Sunday.

Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         No project this week.


Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

Proctor

·         Locate a proctor for your proctored final examination.

·         Each student will take the

·         Proctored final examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax.

·         See Course Overview for more information about the proctored final examination.

By Week 6

 

Week 2 Topics

Egyptian Religion, Mesopotamian Religion, Greek Religion, Roman Religion, Mayan and Aztec Religion.

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

·         Week 2 Lecture


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         Choose any 3 religions and complete the Weekly Individual Project matrix.

·         Submit to Dropbox.

·         Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

Proctor

·         Locate a proctor for your proctored Final Examination.

By Week 6

 

 


 

Week 3 Topics

African Religions and American Indian Religions 

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 8 and 9.

·         Week 3 Lecture.


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         Choose one chapter 8 or 9 and complete the Weekly Individual Project [WIP] assignment using the sample template.

·         Submit to Dropbox.

·         Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

 


 

Week 4 Topics

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 10, 11, 12 and 13.

·         Week 4 Lecture


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         Choose one major faith tradition (Buddhism or Hinduism) and one minor faith tradition (Jainism or Sikhism) and complete the WIP assignment using the sample template.

·         Submit to Dropbox.

·         Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

 

 

 


 

Week 5 Topics

Taoism/Confucianism and Shinto.

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 14 and 15.

·         Week 5 Lecture.


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         Choose one chapter 14 or 15 and complete the WIP assignment using the sample template.

·         Submit to Dropbox.

·         Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

 

 

 


 

Week 6 Topics

Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 16, 17, 18 and 19.

·         Week 6 Lecture.


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         Choose one major faith tradition (Judaism, Christianity or Islam) and one minor faith tradition (Zoroastrianism or Baha’i) and complete the WIP assignment using the sample template. 

·         Submit to Dropbox.

·         Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing



 


 

Week 7 Topics

Baha’i Religion and New Syncretistic Groups

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 20 and 21.

·         Week 7 Lecture.


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Substantive and respectful response [150 + words] is required to receive full credit for this assignment.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Response due by Sunday.

Individual Project

·         No weekly individual project this week.  See the Core Assessment assignment below.


Core Assessment Project

·         Begin compiling your Weeky Individual Projects into one document.

·         Format for a polished final product.

Due in drop box by Sunday.

Interdisciplinary Paper

·         Students will utilize religious concepts and terms to demonstrate how religious beliefs affect everyday decisions in their chosen (or anticipated) occupation.  

·         Begin working on your paper this week.

·         Due in the drop box by midnight Wednesday of next week (week 8)


Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Quiz

·         Based on lecture and readings.

Complete by Sunday.

 


 

Week 8 Topics

Study of World Religionsand Religions: A Comparison

Activity

Details

Due

Readings

·         Chapters 1 and 22.

·         Week 8 Lecture.


Discussion

·         Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your classmates.

·         Substantive original post required [300 + words].

·         Responses are optional this week.

·         Log in early in the week to get the best choice of questions

Initial posting due by Thursday.

Interdisciplinary Paper

·         Complete working on your paper this week.

Due in drop box by Wednesday.

Self Check

·         Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the learning outcomes for the week.

·         Go back and review materials as necessary.

Ongoing

Final Exam

·         Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax.

·         Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored examination.



 

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