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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy


World Religions PHIL-111

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 02, 03

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/25/2012



Contact Information


Office Test

Instructor: Tom Flint

Email: tkflint@nic.edu or tom_flint@nic.edu
Office: Social & Behavioral Sciences Division Office LKH 217
Phone: 208-769-7782 Your message will be forwarded to me.

 

ONLINE OFFICE HOURS

PHIL 111-02  9:00 AM Saturdays

PHIL 111-03 10:00 AM Saturdays

NOTE: I am posting these virtual office hours as per institutional requirement. However, I will not be present in the office hour function as it does not work very well, and no student has ever tried to contact me this way. If you have to talk with me don't wait for the office hour, just Message me whenever you need to. I will be monitoring my email closely in all sections on Saturday mornings and will reply right away at that time to either converse with you by phone, or real time Message exchange. If you want to talk with me on the phone leave your phone number in the Message and I will call you. Thank you.

Meeting Times


Description


World Religions presents an overview of the historical and cultural settings, main beliefs, and practices of American Indian indigenous spirituality, and the great Eastern and Western religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Attention is given to similarities and differences in concepts of humanity, and out relations to society, nature, and the divine. This course is for students interested in humankind's religious heritage and cultures of other parts of the world. It fulfills the cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree and an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101

Materials


Textbook: Experiencing the World’s Religions, 5th Edition, by Michael Molloy. McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Outcomes


PHIL 111 Course Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize and identify the major historical figures, events, beliefs, practices, and sacred scriptures associated with each of the religions studied.

2. Understand and explain the major religious beliefs and spiritual practices of each religion.

3. Understand in-depth some prominent features of at least four of the religions studied in this course (Western, Asian, Indigenous/Native American).

4. Demonstrate the ability to write an interesting, informative, and well-developed explanatory essay on a religious topic.

Assessment


Learning Outcomes

PHIL 111 Course Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize and identify the major historical figures, events, beliefs, practices, and sacred scriptures associated with each of the religions studied.

2. Understand and explain the major religious beliefs and spiritual practices of each religion.

3. Understand in-depth some prominent features of at least four of the religions studied in this course (Western, Asian, Indigenous/Native American).

4. Demonstrate the ability to write an interesting, informative, and well-developed explanatory essay on a religious topic.

 

Assessments

Learning Outcomes Assessments

1. Seven brief, more or less objective tests covering the reading assignments--one 20 question quiz for each religion.

2.  Four essays (2-4+ full pages according to G1-Formatting in "Guidelines for Essays" in the General Information folder), two of which must be on the Asian religions and two on the Western religions. An essay on American Indian religion can be substituted for either a Western or Asian religion paper. BUT IT MUST BE SUBMITTED ANY TIME UP TO 10 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012. Essays can be written on beliefs, doctrines, concepts, issues, rituals, etc. of interest to you in each of the religions chosen to write about. Papers should be tightly focused and go into more than is covered in the textbook or the classroom material examined. Each paper must have a reflection component. Broad and sketchy summaries of material presented in text and class can receive no better than a grade of C. Six essays will be assigned, but only four essays are required to be submitted by each student. Essays should be in a 12 point font, 1.5 spaced lines, with one inch margins all around, and AT LEAST TWO FULL PAGES LONG. Essays are due about a week after completion of reading and discussion of each religion. Specific due dates are specified in the submission Drop Box in each religion folder. Late essays will be accepted up to one week late, and penalized 3-10 points depending on how late the essay is. After the Drop Box closes no late essay will be accepted. More detailed information about the essays is found in the "Basic Essay Instructions" and "Guidelines for Essays" documents contained in the General Information folder.

Essays receiving a grade of C- or less may be re-written for improved grade. Such revisions must be submitted no later than one week after the original paper was returned to the student.

If you encounter difficulty writing papers contact me at once so that remedial action can be taken before it's too late. IF FEWER THAN 4 PAPERS ARE SUBMITTED THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE GRADE FOR THE COURSE WILL BE D. IF THREE ESSAYS ARE SUBMITTED IN ONE CATEGORY AND ONE IN ANOTHER, THEN THE FINAL GRADE WILL BE PENALIZED UP TO A 10 POINT REDUCTION.

3. Adequate and satisfactory participation in the Discussion/Reactions forum.

Grading System

Each of the four required essays is worth 100 points. Each of seven 20 question quizzes is worth 20 points totaling 140 points. 15 10-point Discussion Forum Posts totals 150 points. 14 5-point Discussion Forum Reactions totals 70 points.

760 total points are possible. Grades will be computed according to percentage of points earned out of the total points possible. 60-69% = D, 70-79% = C, 80-89% = B, 90-100% = A.  +/- is given for each range. Midterm grades are recorded as follows: S = Satisfactory, U = Unsatisfactory. If you get a U at midterm contact me at once to see if you can satisfactorily complete the semester. Midterm grades are not recorded in the course Gradebook, but they are reported to the Registrar. They can be viewed in your NICOnline account at the appropriate time.

Instructor Initiated Withdrawal: Non-attendance in this course for three consecutive weeks, before and up to the last date to withdraw, is grounds for the Instructor Initiated Withdrawal, as I apply that policy described below. I will notify students by email at least 48 hours before I submit the required withdrawal paper work that I intend to drop them.

Course Policies


Schedule


COURSE OUTLINE

(By unit of instruction)

1.   General Information: What You Need To Know About The Course  (1 week)

2.   Introductory Lecture: Values, and Asian Vs. Western Religions  (1 week)

      Optional: Read Chapter 1. Understanding Religion

3.   Indigenous Religions: The American Indian Spiritual Worldview  (2 weeks)

      Read Chapter 2. Indigenous Religions.
      How are American Indian sacred ways different from the great world religions?

4.   Hinduism  (2 weeks)

    Read Chapter 3.
      What is God?

5.   Buddhism  (2 weeks)

     Read Chapter 4.
       What is Karma and do you really have a Soul?

6.   Judaism  (2 weeks)

     Read Chapter 8.
       What is a Jew?

7.   Christianity  (2 weeks)

     Read Chapter 9.
       What does it mean to be “saved,” and how does it happen?

8.   Islam  (2 weeks)

     Read Chapter 10.
       Who was Muhammad and what does it mean to shirk?

9.   Chinese Religion: Taoism and Confucianism  (2 weeks)

     Read Chapter 6.
       What do Yin and Yang mean and what is a Sage?

Additional Items


Division Policies


For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

 

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Institutional Policies


Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:  http://www.nic.edu/calendar/

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.