120 Exploring World Religions
CRN 81326 MWF 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Galileo's Pavilion 101
CRN 81327 TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 PM CC 338
Dr. Timothy Hoare, CC 342, ext. 4526
This course is a comparative study of the world's major religious traditions. The basic beliefs of primal/indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity and Islam will be explored. A comparative framework for religious studies will be provided, and essential differences between Eastern and Western religions will be noted. Literary texts and iconographic images will be studied as appropriate. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: None. Credit hours: 3. Contact hours: 3. Lecture: 3. Lab: 0. Course type: Transfer. Most recent date revised: Fall 2004. Fees/supplies: None.
Novak, Philip. The World's Wisdom, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1994.
Additional readings may be distributed periodically as supplements to primary text. Videotapes will be used in conjunction with the text and lecture (documentary and feature film selections).
After completing this course, the student should be able to:
1. Define "religion" and describe the diversity of religious experience.
2. Identify the major texts, central religious figures and ideas of the world's great religions.
3. Recognize concepts and issues basic to the study of religions in a comparative framework.
4. Identify the iconic and artistic traditions of the world's religions.
5. Apply critical methodologies for determining truth that permit correction and dialogue, and that subject the student's cultural beliefs and values to critical reflective thought.
6. Describe the historical context and development of the world's major religions and their systems of value.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
1. All assigned readings are to be read, which implies critical reflection, analysis and preparation for discussion. This further implies that your in-class participation can well make the difference between one grade and another.
2. The necessity for regular attendance should go without saying. As Woody Allen put it, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." More details about this below.
3. Nine quizzes, each of which will cover basic ideas in the religious tradition with which we are dealing at the given time.
3. Four quarterly examinations will be both objective and subjective in content.
4. A critical analysis paper on a visitation to a religious site / community in the Kansas City area. Specific criteria and guidelines for this paper will be explained and are available online (see link "Site Visit Guidelines" on homepage, as well as at the bottom of this syllabus).
5. Grading will be based upon the following point distributions:
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TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Page numbers refer to required text for this course.
All dates in parentheses refer to Monday of the given week.
The instructor reserves the right to change, revise, or adjust this schedule and its content as circumstances warrant.
WEEK 1 (8/19): Introduction to course; approaches to religious studies; the nature of myth, ritual and symbol
WEEK 2 (8/26): Primal religious traditions (text, p. 333-379, esp. #s 1, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 32, 36, 42)
WEEK 3 (9/2): NO CLASS ON MON (Labor Day); REVIEW; EXAM
WEEK 4 (9/9): Hinduism (text, p. 1-48, esp. #s 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26)
WEEK 5 (9/16): Buddhism (text, p. 49-109, esp. #s 4, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, 35, 36, 38, 39, 45, 46, 47, 51, 55, 59, 61)
WEEK 6 (9/23): Feature Film (extra credit opportunity for writing assignment on this film!)
WEEK 7 (9/30): REVIEW; EXAM
WEEK 8 (10/7): Daoism (text, p. 145-174, esp. #s 1.1, 1.7, 2.56, 3.2, 3.9, 3.22, 3.24, 3.27, 4.57, 4.60, 5.8, 5.78, 6.2, 6.11, 13a, 14, 17, 18e)
WEEK 9 (10/14): Confucianism (text, p. 111-144, esp. 1c, 2b, 4g, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 23, 25ae, 26)
WEEK 10 (10/21): Shinto (not included in course text, therefore no assigned readings for this week)
WEEK 11 (10/28): REVIEW; EXAM
WEEK 12 (11/4): Judaism (text, p. 175-226, esp. #s 1-11, 15-18, 19abcd, 21, 23, 26, 28, 35-40)
WEEK 13 (11/11): Christianity (text, p. 227-279, esp. #s 2, 3, 5, 7b, 9, 13, 18, 19, 20fk, 22b/hijk, 30, 31, 32bghkl, 35a, 44b, 45d, 55, 56); VISITATION PAPERS DUE ONLINE FRIDAY BEFORE MIDNIGHT
WEEK 14 (11/18): Christianity, cont.; Islam (text, p. 281-332, esp. #s 1de, 2a, 3, 5acd, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10del, 11, 12, 36a, 37c, 41c, 45)
WEEK 15 (11/25): Islam, cont. NO CLASSES WED-FRI (Thanksgiving Break)
WEEK 16 (12/2): REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM
(): FINAL EXAM WEEK; FINAL EXAM TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
MWF 10:00 AM SECTION: Monday Dec 9 @ 10:00 AM
TR 8:00 AM SECTION: Tuesday Dec 10 @ 8:00 AM
SOME ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
1. All JCCC students are issued a college e-mail account that is accessed through MyJCCC. This account is used by the college to communicate course, grade, financial aid, enrollment and other important college information. It is your responsibility to check your JCCC e-mail account regularly, as well as your ANGEL e-mail account.
2. I am a strong proponent of the liberal arts. I approach material in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner. In this Humanities course, religion, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, theatre, psychology, the media, history, political science, et al. will inevitably come into conversation with one another. Education is about gaining proficiency with the tools to discern and explore these interrelationships, to interpret and evaluate them critically, and to continue to do so throughout your lives. In short, there's a world of people, places, ideas and books out there; after you graduate, you have to be able to go to a dinner party and talk competently about something besides your job!
3. I am not simply a lecturer who loves the sound of his own voice. Expect me to ask questions of you and to generate discussion with you. While I most certainly want you to understand my ideas and opinions on the material, I value your efforts, your opinions, your input and your reflections as well.
4. I am a gracious host who likes gracious guests. It's not enough simply to arrive, sign the register and then sit in an out-of-the-way corner. Be prepared to take part in the class.
5. We all have doctor appointments, childcare concerns, or "just one of those things" that come up now and again. If you have to leave a session early, please inform me before the class begins. It is simply the courteous thing to do.
6. I care about the ambience in which I teach and in which students learn. I expect you to be attentive, to turn off your cell phones, and to treat one another with respect while you are here, and to pick up after yourselves when you depart (papers, soft drink cans, etc.).
7. Last but not least, academic dishonesty, i.e., cheating on exams, intentional plagiarism on written assignments, will not be tolerated. A first offense will result in an "F" on the exam, paper, etc. concerned. A second offense will result in an "F" for the course.
LINKS TO STUDY AIDS and GUIDES
Intro Concepts | Primal Religions | Hinduism | Buddhism | Confucianism | Daoism | Shinto | Judaism | Christianity | Islam
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