RELS Syllabus Spring10

RELS Syllabus Spring10 - San Jos State University College...

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San José State University College of Humanities and Arts Humanities Department HUM/RELS 191: Religion in America, Section 1 Spring 2010 Instructor Judith L. Georges Office Location Clark Hall (CL) 414H Telephone (408) 924-4780 Email [email protected] Office Hours M/W 4:15-5:15 p.m. or by appointment Class Days/Time M/W 9:00-10:15 a.m. Classroom Sweeny Hall (SH) 241 Prerequisites Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who began continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU after Fall 2005, a completed or co-requisite 100W course is also required. Course Description This course is a historical, cultural, and experiential study of the diverse individuals, groups, ideologies, and events that exemplify and influence religious life in the United States of America. Course Goals / Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of the course, students will have: 1. Identified and assessed diverse ideologies, persons, institutions, organizations, movements, and impulses in American religious history. Correlated assignments: Required reading, papers, exams, and class engagement activities. 2. Researched, encountered, and evaluated an institutional religion with which they are unfamiliar. Correlated assignments: Research/assessment report of an institutional religion. HUM/RELS 191: Religion in America – Section 1 – Spring 2010 Page 1 of 9
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3. Pondered the intersection of American culture and religion. Correlated assignments: Interpretive essay, film analysis, exams, and class engagement activities. 4. Discerned historical precedents for current religious debates in the public arena. Correlated assignments: Reading assignments and class engagement activities. Required Texts 1. Abdo, Geneive. Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 2. Covington, Dennis. Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia. New York: Penguin Books, 1995. 3. Lame Deer (John Fire) and Erdoes, Richard. Lame Deer Seeker of Visions: The Life of a Sioux Medicine Man. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. 4. Marsden, George M. Religion and American Culture , 2 nd edition. Fort Worth: Harcourt, 2001. Instructor Requests Please arrive promptly. Mute cell phones and stow all electronic equipment and accessories (including laptops) at the start of each session. Exception: Students registered with the Disability Resources Center will be allowed devices recommended by the DRC. Alert me if you know in advance that you will miss more than one consecutive class. If you miss a session, obtain notes, assignments, and instructions from classmates . Contact me
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