This is a group discussion so you must acknowledge any earlier posts ie name

This is a group discussion so you must acknowledge

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This is a group discussion, so you must acknowledge any earlier posts (ie., name the student) if you are repeating or expanding the same point as them. Marks will be awarded if you can add something new to what has already been said in the earlier post(s). 2. SECOND POST - OPTIONAL In the final 24 hours of the forum (the lecturer will send a reminder), you may submit a second (but not a third) post. Either: i. Add a new point that the group has not yet mentioned OR ii. Add something new to an earlier point that was made by one or more other student(s). No post should exceed 300 words and you are not required to include references from other sources in your posts. Forums will open and close at the same time as quizzes: 9am Monday to 11.59pm Wednesday; and 9am Thursday to 11.59pm Sunday. The lecturer will summarize and comment on each forum after it has closed. It is very important that all forum conversations are academic, objective and respectful in tone and content . The aim of the course is not to judge whether certain religious attitudes or practices are “right” or “wrong”, or to persuade others in the group to agree or disagree with our personal views. The aim is to objectively assess whether certain practices or beliefs reflect gender equality or inequality, and how these have been justified and/or criticised (ie. try to note of both sides of any argument). TIP: Type out your contribution on a separate Word document first and then copy and paste it into the forum topic to save log-in time. Your participation in the forums constitutes 25% of the final mark and is based on both the quantity and quality of your contributions. More specifically: punctuality (posts are submitted by the forum deadline) quantity of posts (two posts is better than one which is better than none) length (300 words will usually contain more relevant info than 50 words) focus (one specific point elaborated well rather than a mix of “thin” unrelated observations) structure (logically ordered thoughts rather than rambling, disorganized ones) clarity of language (you can't escape the importance of quality English) relevance (just repeating what is in the lectures is minimum; what is important is demonstrating that you have thought about the issues, can see links with other religions, can see inconsistencies within the religion, can see implications for other issues etc) originality (adding something new, especially when you are responding to another student) initiative (including a relevant news article, movie or TV episode) personal experience (sharing a relevant piece of experience) objectivity (not pushing your personal beliefs but dealing with issues fairly and respectfully) WARNING: YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST SIX FORUMS AS AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM TO PASS THIS COURSE These forums are an essential part of the course and, thus, permission will not be given to a student who has failed to meet this benchmark, to “catch up” at the end of the session in some way. Page | 6
Summary Statements/ Class Wiki As we complete a religion, you are asked to write a 50 word “summary statement” on the status of women in that religion. The statement will necessarily be very general but it should also be fair (include positive

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