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Intro World Religions Syllabus

Intro World Religions Syllabus - Introduction to World...

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Introduction to World Religions HUM 299 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:50 Cramer Hall 183 Dr. Jennifer Schuberth Office: TBA Office Hours: Tuesday 9:45-10:30 and by appointment Email: [email protected] Phone: 503-725-5821 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will introduce students to a number of religious traditions in their classical formulations and their contemporary practices. Students will also explore the academic study of religion, considering how various disciplines approach the myths, stories, symbols, rituals, ideas, and ethical practices of these religions. This introduction will provide students a framework within which to reflect on their own experiences, as well as prepare them for further academic study in both the humanities and social sciences. Traditions include: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course, students will be able to describe several religious traditions and employ key concepts in the study of religion. Students who successfully complete this class will gain an understanding about the diversity and commonalities of religious life in various cultures and historical periods, as well as how and why people construct their religious worlds through myth, ritual, symbols, and beliefs. COURSE STRUCTURE: We will discuss assigned readings as a class and in small groups, as well as engage in classroom activities related to the material. I will also offer lectures introducing various traditions and concepts that will supplement the readings. ABOUT FACULTY: I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religions from the University of Chicago; my research and teaching interests include medieval mysticism, history of religions, psychoanalysis, philosophy of religions, and gender theory. COURSE EXPECTATIONS: (All assignments are on Blackboard) I. Reading Guides: (not graded, not collected) For each reading, a Reading Guide will be available on Blackboard that is meant to help you focus on the main ideas that will be discussed in class and that will appear on quizzes. Please print out and bring to every class to use during small group and class 1
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discussions. II. Ungraded Response Paper (5% of final grade) You will write one response paper at the beginning of the term that will be used at the end of the quarter to assess how your thinking has changed. Late papers will not be accepted. The assignment is available on Blackboard. III. Quizzes: (4 out of 5 graded, 30% of final grade) Many terms and concepts will be introduced throughout this class. To help students focus on the material, a quiz will be given at the end of each unit. A unit covers one concept and one tradition. For example, the first unit will cover Myth(concept) and Hinduism(tradition). Quizzes will be multiple-choice and some fill in the blank for maps. The material on the quizzes will be drawn from the vocabulary lists, reading guides and
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