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Course Policies & Goals Esther Quinlan , Writing & Rhetoric 3020 , Professor Contact Information for Spring 2007 Office: Temporary Building 1, ( The Prose Hospital) , Room 113. ( TB #1 is located between Claire Small and Sewall Hall, on the north end of the 380 Parking Lot next to the Rec Center.) Hours: TR from 1-2 & and R 4:45-5:30 or by individual appointment Phone: 303/735-0823 (office) or 303/ 443-1405 (home) before 9 p.m. Email: [email protected] ( via CU-Learn) Required Materials Siddhartha, by Hesse (translated by Sherab Chödzin Kohn, Shambala, 2000) World’s Religions: Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions, by Houston Smith They Say, I Say, by Graff and Birkenstein Two pocket folders Two CDs: one for the Visual Art Project and one for the Final Portfolio Microsoft Word (Other programs are not compatible with certain CU-Learn functions.) Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or 1.5 as your Internet browser. Version 2 is not compatible with CU- Learn. Safari for Macs. Overview This topic furnishes us with excellent material for analysis and argument, the two modes of discourse emphasized in PWR’s upper-division Arts and Sciences written communications requirement courses. According to historian Huston Smith, “If we take the world’s enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race.” This wisdom can be divided in religious texts that have human authority and sacred texts that have divine or transcendent authority. We will explore artistic expressions of spirituality in literature and visual art, for the subtlety, intensity, and depth of spiritual consciousness are conveyed powerfully through art. (Visual art includes painting, sculpture, architecture, or photography.) Readings and assignments relate to mysticism and The Spiritual Quest. Students from all religious traditions and those without any religious tradition are all welcome, with the understanding that the course
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is built on two assumptions: first, that spirituality is an integral and valid dimension of humanity; and second that all religious traditions offer access to transcendent truth. Schedule Overview for Spring 2007 January 16-February 15: Introduction to Mysticism and Poetry Project February 20-March 22: Inquiry-Argument Project April 3-April 5: Style Work April 10-May 3: Visual Art Project Weekly Assignments and Due Dates See “Assignments” on CUlearn for a weekly work. Grading Three Formal Papers constitute 75% of the course grade. One of these is a team project in which partners collaborate and receive the same paper grade, but separate participation grades. The remaining 25% of the course grade comes from class participation, preparation, peer reviews, and short writing assignments. Grades are given in points. Good grammar and spelling skills are a prerequisite. Deficits in these areas will lower paper grades. However, correct spelling and grammar will not elevate grades.
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