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REL_100_Fall_2006_Syllabus-1

REL_100_Fall_2006_Syllabus-1 - REL 100 Christian Vocation...

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REL 100: Christian Vocation and the Search for Meaning Syllabus - Fall Semester 2006 Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:40am – 11:10am in Foss 43 Professor:  Jeremy Myers Office:  Memorial Hall 326 E-mail:  [email protected] Office Phone:  612-330-1202 Home Phone:  651-645-1831 Office hours: M(9am-10am) T(3:30pm – 4:30pm) W(9am-10am) Th(3:30pm-4:30pm) Or by appointment WHY? 1. To explore the ways humans go about the task of meaning-making and understanding vocation. 2. To critically reflect upon how the major narratives of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity influence meaning-making and one’s sense of vocation. 3. To learn about the Lutheran/ Christian influence upon meaning-making and vocation. 4. To come to a better understanding of one’s own way of meaning-making and sense of vocation. READINGS 1. Secular Steeples: Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination by Conrad Ostwalt 2. Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe by Daniel Erlander 3. Vocation: Discerning our Callings in Life by Douglas J. Schuurman 4. The Access Bible , New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha And one of the following. . . 1. Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler 2. The Chosen by Chaim Potok 3. Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Asra Nomani WHAT WILL WE DO? Everyone will carefully read the required assignments. We’ll come to class each day prepared to ask questions, summarize key points of particular texts, dialogue about ideas, and apply them to our lives. Our class format will be a mixture of student questions, large group discussion, small group sessions, mini-lectures, and other in-class activities. HELP/ SUPPORT/ ACCOMADATIONS If you have any questions or concerns about this class or if you’d just like to talk more about some of the ideas or to make sure that you understand course concepts or expectations, please contact me. I respond most quickly to voice-mail and usually reply to e-mail within a day or two. Professors like it when you make the extra effort to stop by during office hours so that we can get to know one another. We can also help you find and access other resources on campus like Counseling/Health Promotion, Academic Enrichment, Academic Advising, Career Services, etc. If you are part of the CLASS (Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services) program, please let me know as soon as possible what helps you learn. I will do my best to make appropriate accommodations. POLICIES & ACADEMIC HONESTY  All college policies apply to this class. Check them out in the Student Guide . Sexual harassment and other disrespectful behaviors are not acceptable in this classroom. Pay particular attention to the Academic Honesty Policy. It is plagiarism to copy or to rely significantly on the work of someone else and present it as your own. It is also plagiarism to copy sentences or even short phrases from a book or article without using quotation marks and properly citing your sources.
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