RE 109 World Religions
S2T 2013 DLA
Steury, Wayne F.
Senior Adjunct Professor
Th. B., Theology - God's Bible School CollegeM. A. Biblical studies - Luther Rice SeminaryD. Min. Church Ministry - LAEL Graduate School
817 West Main St., Berne, IN 46711
Throughout the day but especially mornings. Limited on Sunday.
Religions: A Historical Approach, Fourth Edition. Nigosian, S.A. 2008. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins.
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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
Personal Perspective Paper (100 Points)
A 3-5 page paper exploring personal religious background and
experiences. Due Sunday of week 1 before
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
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
Interdisciplinary Paper: (100 Points)
Students will utilize religious concepts and terms to
demonstrate how religious beliefs affect everyday decisions in their chosen (or
Final Exam: (100
Final exam is comprehensive
Grading for this course is based on a point system. Graded
opportunities include the following:
Weekly Individual Projects (5)
20 Points each week 2-6 (100 Total Points)
Grading Rubrics under Course Home
Weeks 2-6. Submit to Dropbox by Sunday at
Midnight (Central Time)
Points each week 1-8 (200 Total Points)
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
Reading Quizzes (8)
1-8. Finish quiz by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)
Perspective Paper (1)
Points (100 Total Points)
Week 1. Submit to Dropbox by Sunday at
Midnight (Central Time)
Points (200 Total Points)
7. Finish the Core Assessment by Sunday at Midnight (Central Time)
Interdisciplinary Paper (1)
8. Finish the Interdisciplinary Paper by Thursday at Midnight (Central Time)
8. Determined by Proctor Schedule. Final Exam is comprehensive.
1000 - 900
899 - 800
799 - 700
699 - 600
Less than 600
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work may 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
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
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
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.
Chapters 1, 2 and 22.
Week 1 Lecture
Participate in the introductions thread with your classmates.
due by Sunday.
Participate in the weekly discussion thread with your
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.
· Personal Perspective paper.
Perform your Self Check to ensure that you have mastered the
learning outcomes for the week.
Go back and review materials as necessary.
Based on lecture and readings.
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.
Week 2 Topics
Egyptian Religion, Mesopotamian Religion, Greek Religion, Roman
Religion, Mayan and Aztec Religion.
Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Week 2 Lecture
Choose any 3 religions and complete the Weekly Individual
Submit to Dropbox.
Make sure you save your work for the core assessment.
drop box by Sunday.
Locate a proctor for your proctored Final Examination.
Week 3 Topics
African Religions and American Indian Religions
Chapters 8 and 9.
Week 3 Lecture.
Choose one chapter 8 or 9 and complete the Weekly Individual
Project [WIP] assignment using the sample template.
Week 4 Topics
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Chapters 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Week 4 Lecture
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.
Week 5 Topics
Taoism/Confucianism and Shinto.
Chapters 14 and 15.
Week 5 Lecture.
Choose one chapter 14 or 15 and complete the WIP assignment
using the sample template.
Week 6 Topics
Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Chapters 16, 17, 18 and 19.
Week 6 Lecture.
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.
Week 7 Topics
Baha’i Religion and New Syncretistic Groups
Chapters 20 and 21.
Week 7 Lecture.
No weekly individual project this week. See the Core
Assessment assignment below.
Core Assessment Project
Begin compiling your Weeky Individual Projects into one
Format for a polished final product.
Students will utilize religious concepts and terms to demonstrate
how religious beliefs affect everyday decisions in their chosen (or
Begin working on your paper this week.
Due in the drop box by midnight Wednesday of next week (week 8)
Week 8 Topics
Study of World Religionsand Religions: A Comparison
Chapters 1 and 22.
Week 8 Lecture.
Responses are optional this week.
Complete working on your paper this week.
drop box by Wednesday.
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
Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored
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