|COURSE DESCRIPTION||Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D., Associate Professor|
|COURSE OBJECTIVES & FORMAT||RL 299.51(D): MWF 1 pm, OC 214|
|COURSE RESOURCES||Prerequisites: RL 101 or equivalent|
|ASSIGNMENTS & EXAMINATIONS||& an inquiring mind|
DESCRIPTION: The three "Religions of the Book"--Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam--all claim Abraham, the Biblical patriarch, as their "father in faith."
Jews and Muslims trace their genealogies back to the two sons of Abraham, Isaac
and Ishmael, while Christians claim adoption as "sons of Abraham" through their
faith in Jesus Christ and their baptismal adoption into his Name.
If Jews, Christians, and Muslims all are "children of Abraham" and heirs to
his faith, then why do they follow three different religious traditions? This
is the central question of this course. To answer this question, we will follow
a cross-cultural approach to the study of these religions, with contemporary
U.S. religious communities providing the case studies.
Some aspects considered are: the origins, formation, and development of these communities as they interact with their socio-political environment; their different theological perspectives--in regard to God, humanity and the world; their sacred writings and other sources of religious teachings; organization and leadership roles in their communities; their ethical, social, and political teachings.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Through the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
ASSIGNMENTS & EXAMINATIONS are
available on the Schedule page.
EXPECTATIONS: Students will do assigned readings before each class meeting, actively participate in class discussions and field trips, successfully complete quizzes and examinations, and submit written work on time. The schedule of readings, assignments, and topics for class discussion are found on the Class Schedule page. It is expected that all assignments be completed in order to receive a passing grade for this course.
Bad hair day or not, the University expects prompt and alert student presence
at every class meeting. Class discussion comprises a substantial component of
the course grade, and one must be present to participate in discussion. Hence,
students who absent themselves more than six times during the semester will
have their total course grade docked one letter grade, and then one additional
grade level for each subsequent absence. If you are ill, a medical excuse is
necessary to receive an excused absence. If you have an unavoidable conflict
which will prevent you from meeting class, please present your documentation
of this conflict before the class absence.
Absences from class do not excuse the student from submitting the required course work on time, since every assignment is listed in the Course Schedule. Late assignments will be docked one letter grade for each day they are overdue.
|A = 95%||A- = 91%||B+ = 88%||B = 84%||B- = 81%|
|C+ = 78%||C = 76%||C- = 70%||D+ = 65%||D = 60%|
|F = 0-59%|
|APPA (see below)||20%|
|Quizzes & Examinations (4)||40%|
NB: For details of assignments and an illustration of precisely how each component factors into the final course grade, see the Sample Grade Calculation Form.
[= Attendance (10%), Preparation (5%), Participation (5%), Attentiveness (5%)].
I give credit for class attendance, preparation for the session (e.g., evidence
that you have done the reading, turning in the assignments), participation (e.g.,
talking in small group discussions, asking questions or making appropriate comments
during lectures), and attentiveness (i.e., looking alert and interested in the
class activities). Students in this class benefit not only from the instructor's
presentations, but also from interaction with their classmates. Students
learn better when they are prepared for the class discussion; they also learn
better what they themselves say aloud. The overall course grade
takes this into account in delegating 20% of the grade to the APPA score.
The University expects students to attend every class meeting. However, for serious reasons (e.g., illness, death in the family), a student will receive an excused absence. In such a case, it is the student's responsibility to provide documentation. Students who have six unexcused absences during the semester will have their total course grade docked one letter grade, and then one additional grade level for each subsequent absence.
Recognize that an absence from class, even an excused one, does not automatically grant an extension for an assignment. This would have to be negotiated before the due date for the assignment.
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