Syllabus, REL132.V1, Fall 2016(1)

Syllabus, REL132.V1, Fall 2016(1) - Fall 2015 Syllabus...

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Fall 2015 Syllabus Course Information Course REL 132 Religion in America Semester Fall 2016 Classes, Monday-Sunday On-Ground Location Fox Valley – Neenah Center, 2320 Industrial Dr., Neenah, WI Format Face-to-Face only Online only BlendEd® BlendEd® v2.0 7-week (Online only) Holidays & Breaks Spring Break: March 5-13; Easter Break: March 25-28 Instructor Contact Information Instructor Name Michael E. Smith, M.Div. Email [email protected] Phone (Mobile) 920.573.9220 (Home) NA (Work) NA Fax NA Hours of Availability By phone: Mon.-Sat. 9:00AM to 9:00PM In Person: Monday, 5:30PM-6:00PM @ Neenah Center Via Email: 24/7 (I’ll attempt to check emails daily.) Required Textbook(s) with ISBN(s) Flowers, R.B. (2005). That Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church-state Relationships (2 nd ed.). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox. Marsden, G.M. (2001). Religion and American Culture (2 nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. Page 1
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Fall 2015 Required Supplemental Material(s) N/A Textbook Companion Website(s) N/A Course Description and Prerequisite(s) Examines and compares American religious groups, both old and new: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, sectarian, and marginal. Considers recent evangelical, charismatic, and new age movements. Learning Outcomes By the end of the course, students will: Describe the nature of religion and religious aspirations and their influence on society. Employ the vocabulary used to study various religious traditions and recognize the importance of the first amendment to the united states constitution in shaping the religious landscape in america. Explain the origins, defining characteristics, and development of religious groups in america including but not limited to native american, catholic, protestant, jewish, islamic, sectarian, and minority faiths. Identify significant divisions within or obstacles to the religious traditions represented in america. Examine central messages of the sacred texts of the major religious traditions and their related literature. Research and deliver a short, coherent presentation on a topic relevant to religion in america in their own words. Display sensitivity and respect to people of different religious backgrounds. Reflect critically on the similarities, differences, and interactions between religions in a pluralistic society such as america. Reflect critically on the student's personal perspective on religion and its relevance. Students will demonstrate these outcomes through discussion, written assignments, and a class presentation. Course Design Blackboard Content Areas Home Page Announcements, updates, and other important information. Calendar Calendar of course-related events. Syllabus and Rubrics The course syllabus, policies, and grading rubrics for all assigned work.
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