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

World Religions PHIL-111

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/08/2012

Contact Information

Laura Templeman

Office: 208-769-7888, 

cell 208-660-5477 (9 am - 9 pm daily)

Use the in class email if you are my student;

email: [email protected]

LeeKildow Hall 218 A

North Idaho College

1000 W Garden Avenue

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Meeting Times

M 6-9 pm


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


TEXTBOOK (on reserve at the library in case you cannot buy it, and you can use the 6th edition)

 Required:  Living Religions, 7th edition, by Mary Pat Fisher

Mica Peak Exchange bookstore:


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.



·         Vocab: 5 points each, 7 offered, you get to drop 2, cannot use toward ex cr.  Vocabulary sheets that must be typed, numbered and submitted on day it is due.  You must use textbook for these words!  Submit online.

·         sums:  5 points each, best 5 out of 6 .  Summary- bulleted, 3-400 words (5 points each)  Submit online.  Extra is dropped, not toward ex cr.  Example outline online and shown in classroom.

·         quizzes:  5 points each, best 5 out of 6, short answer (5 points each) submitted at start of class on day it is due, extra one can be used for ex cr.  Access online.

·         Paper: Compare and contrast two main religions from class.  Neither of these religions can be your religion. 1200- 1600 words with text citation, e.g. (p22), can use one outside scholarly source (Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions is excellent).  You MUST hand in an outline and receive feedback from me in order to turn in the final paper.  You cannot score an A in class without the paper, no matter how much extra credit you do.

ü  proofread, (minus 5 if you do not do this- including a full bibliography at end of paper)

ü  main tenets and ideas from each religion covered (14 pts)

ü  page number references in each paragraph (4 pts- point each) like this (p234 text) or (name speaker)

ü  Start with a clear thesis and conclude with summary of your stance. (2 pts)

ü  Paper within word count (% is off of total score if low or high word count)

Extra credit is always available should you want it.  You may do up to 10 points (10% of your class grade).  If you want to visit or interview a leader of a faith other than your own and write a summary, of 3-500 words or so, come to me to get more details.  This is a unique educational experience. 



25 pts = Quizzes (best 5 of 6- drop 1 or extra can be used for ex cr) 

25 pts = Sums (best 5 of 6, drop 1)

20 pts = Final Paper

05 pts = Paper Outline- no paper accepted unless get feedback on outline from me                 

25 pts = Vocab (best 5 of 7, 5 points each, drop 2)    

100 pts total  (minus 2 pts for every class you miss; first two are freebies)            



93-100 = A

90-92 = A-

87-89 = B+

83-86 = B

80-82 = B-

77-79 = C+

73-76 = C

70-72 = C-

65-69 = D+

60-64 = D

World Religions Paper:   submit via Angel at the given link.    NO late papers accepted for any reason!!

Explain, compare and contrast two main religions from class.  I suggest one Eastern religion (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, or Taoism) and one Western religion (Judaism, Christianity, or Islam*).  Neither of these religions can be your religion.  You must hand in an outline on the due date and receive feedback from me in order to hand in your final paper.  You cannot score an A in class unless you hand in a C grade paper or better.  1200- 1600 words with text citation, e.g. (p22), & can use one outside scholarly source, but I prefer that you use just the text and class materials.

Paper should have these sections:

  1.  Thesis:  introduce me to your main religions and tell me what you mean to do within your paper.  Give me a preview to what you paper will contain. 100-200 or so words.
  2. Tell me the main ideas/tenets/CORE of your religions.  4-500 or so words.  Cite within each paragraph the area you got this info from, for example (p 32 Fisher), (lecture Buddhism), (Mamdouh El-Aarag class speaker), (Thich Naht Hahn youtube class lecture). Advised terms, ideas and definitions to cover per religion: 
  • All religions:  Include which type of theism, percentage worldwide (p 497 text), founder, afterlife, texts.  Tell me the social or political reasons the religion began if that is pertinent (for most it is).  Try to get at the core understanding and show me you know what it is all about.  Step back after review of text, notes, your tests and see if you can write a brief paragraph about what the “point” or purpose of the religion is.
    • Islam  Allah, Qur’an, 5 pillars – list and describe, kufr, shirk, articles/pillars of faith, Hadith, Sunnah, branches: Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi
    • Taoism  Laozi, ChunagTzu, Tao, Yin Yang, Tao Te Ching, schools/branches: philosophic, longevity, religious (deity worshiping), wu-wei
    • Hinduism  Brahman, Sanatana Dharma, moksha, samsara, karma, maya, caste, branches: Samkhya, Advaita Vedanta, Yoga (especially Jnana and Bhakti)
    • Judaism  Tanakh (explain T, N, K), Torah, Talmud, commandments, Abraham, Jacob/Israel, circumcision/covenant, Diaspora, branches: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform
    • Christianity  Jesus, Trinity, compassion, sacraments (list and explain), commandments, sin, judgment, branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox
    • Confucianism  Mencius, Hsun Tzu, Jen, Li, Yi, Five Basic Relationships: list and explain, The Six Classics, education importance
    • Buddhism  Annata, anitya, dukkha, tanha, 4 Noble Truths (listed and explained), nirvana, samsara, karma, reincarnation, branches: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana
  1. Contrast it (give me the differences) to the main ideas/tenets/core of your other religion.  You may include info from the text, lectures, speakers, and if you feel you need more info, from scholarly outside resources.  2-300 or so words. 
  2. Compare it (give me the similarities) between the two religions. 2-300 or so words. You may mix the compare contrast paragraphs together if you want to, or compare/contrast throughout the whole paper.  Your choice. 
  3. Conclusion paragraph: in which you will tell me that you compared these two religions and found ______ interesting and important.  Perhaps say something about religion in general, or something important you learned.  Conclusion should somehow summarize or bring the paper together to a close.  100 – 200 or so words. 
  4. Citations.  Please give full bibliographical citations at the bottom for every source you use (that means you should fully cite the text).  Points off if you don’t do this.   Here is a list of the speakers names who came to our class: 
  • Hindu speaker Sree Nandagopal   [email protected]
  • ·         Jenifer Harbour (Anusara yoga class in Winton Hall, Hinduism), 208-651-0509 [email protected]   or
  • Venerable Chodron or Semkye, (Buddhism, Mahayana), Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport WA 99156;
  • Rabbi Jack Izakson (Judaism, Conservative), [email protected]
  • DVD speaker/presentation Mark Dunagan
  • or Father Hightower, Gonzaga University, Jesuit Priest

    C. Hightower SJ

    Gonzaga University

    Director  University Ministry

    502 E. Boone Ave.

    Spokane, WA.   99258-2473

    (509) 313-4242 wk.

    (509) 280-8236 cell

  • or Father Basil, Eastern Orthodox
  • Mamdouh El-Aarag (Sunni-Islam,Egypt) 509-230-1960, [email protected]   




Rabbi Jacob Izakson

1321 East 27th AvenueSpokane, WA  99203

Phone:  509-991-5812    Email:  [email protected]


Buddhism; Life Center Therapies for Well-Being, 1319 N. Government Way, CdA.

10 Q for the Dalai [email protected] library/movie in Angel; youtube. Thich Naht Hahn

The Unwinking Gaze (Dalai Lama documentary)


Spokane Islamic Center

6411 E. 2nd Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99212

(509) 482-2608 ,  Contact:  Saleh @ 482-2608



Course Policies


  • I take attendance.  You are penalized for missing classes, and you will not get credit for anything that is due that day.  You may miss two weeks with no penalty.  After that I deduct points:  2 points per missed class out of a score of 100.  There are no makeups and no late work is accepted unless arranged with me prior  to due date.  For most people, there is a direct correlation between attendance and grade.
  • Tardiness disturbs the class.  If you have a schedule conflict, please discuss it with me in advance; I realize

many of you work full time.  I cover the important business and syllabus changes at the beginning of class, and you are responsible for this information even if you are not there. Two tardies = one absence.  More than 5 minutes late = absent. 

  • Class etiquette:  You may eat ‘quiet’ food during class; no crunchy chips or loud plastic wrappers J.  No cell phone activity during class, please.  We all have them, but class is not the proper place for phone calls or messages.  I turn mine off, also.  Due to people breaking this rule, I will confiscate phones that ring during class.  No texting during class.  There will be no iPod, cell phone, computer or any other device use during class or you may be asked to leave.  Your attendance in class means you agree to comply with this rule.  If you have an emergency or circumstances where you phone needs to be on, please let me know. 



            1.  I have designed the coursework to help you achieve a good grade and to facilitate your comprehension of the material. I would love to report all A’s and if you do the reading, come to class, and hand in most assignments you stand a very good chance of getting an A.

            2.  You are responsible for any work assigned- even if you are not in class to receive the assignment.  You are responsible for any work assigned- even if you are not in class to receive the assignment.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any assignment or class.  The schedule does change sometimes, and I give all new due dates in class.  There are no makeups and no latework is accepted, so you will want to stay on top of the workload.  Please remember that I do not accept late work.  We all have the same amount of time in a week and the due dates are all clearly listed on the syllabus.  It is not fair to those who work hard to get things in on time for me to accept latework.  I allow you to make up or drop some of the points in each section, because I know life happens to get in the way of school.  You can always make up the points with extra credit, too.  I do not accept any latework, no matter what the reason.  I know this is a tough but fair policy, and many people wind up with A's in my classes, so please do not ask me to accept your work late.  I always feel bad saying no.  I go over business in the first 5 minutes of every class, as well as take attendance then.

            3.  I like class participation.  I encourage everyone to contribute.  Please police yourselves (although I will step in if necessary):  if you are not speaking up, try to contribute once every class; if you are speaking often, make sure you are not monopolizing the floor. 

            4.  Hopefully, this is just for the record: any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the test/quiz/assignment.  When appropriate, the incident will be reported to the NIC authorities. A note on plagiarism:  Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas (written or spoken) without giving them due credit in the form of citation.  This includes, but is not limited to, cutting/pasting anything you find on the internet into your own work without citing (explaining where you got it from).  There are programs that are run to check for plagiarism.  Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in any manner, will be given a zero for the assignment and may be officially reported to NIC, where the indiscretion will remain on your permanent record. 

            5.  NIC policy does not allow children in the classroom, nor may children be left out in the hallways while their parents are in class.  Every semester, someone asks me if their child can sit in because they do not have a sitter, but much of the material in this class is not child appropriate.  I have children, too and realize how hard scheduling is, but there should not be any children in the classroom. 

  1. If you think class might be cancelled due to SNOW- call NIC x3300.  Evening course cancellations will be recorded on the phone line by 1 pm. 
  2.  Our class discussions should be a place where you can safely exchange ideas without fear of condemnation.  Not everyone holds the same religious or ideological beliefs; to keep discussions respectful for all involved, try to keep your comments objective (as opposed to subjective, which means based on views you, as a personal subject, have developed).  In this class, this is a very challenging request!!  Just try to remember that your strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice.  I am sure we can all contribute in a positive and healthy manner without causing offense to others if we follow these guidelines.  Try to look at this as a history class; you do not have to agree with all perspectives, you just need to learn what the different religions are about. 






Philosophy 111 (01), 3 credits   NIC              Fall 2012        M 6-9 pm   LKH 242, 30 cap

  • Instructor: Laura Templeman                                
  • Phone:  office= 769- 7778 (business hours)
  • Phone:  verizon cell = 208-660-5477  any day 8 am - 10 pm  best way to reach me     
  • Email:  use the Blackboard in-class email or emergency = [email protected]  
  • OFFICE: LKH 218A                                                       


M-R 7:30am – 9 pm, F 7:30 – 4pm, Sat noon – 4 pm, Sun 1pm – 8pm 769-3355

 TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Class runs 6 – 6:50,  break 5 minutes, 6:55 – 7:45, break 10 minutes, 7:55 – 8:45

All work is due at 5:55pm online on the day listed unless otherwise noted


Aug 27        Intro class: syllabus, overview ch 1 lecture, Indigenous Religions


Sept 3  no class vocab due, (read Ch 1  and scan Ch 2)  ch 1 vocab due online Sept 3


Sept 10,        Vocab, Indigenous, Hinduism     (read ch 3)  Hindu vocab due Sept 10

Sept 17*         Hinduism, Yoga in classroom (mats and savasana)


Sept 24       Hindu presentation in class  Hindu quiz and sum due Sept 24

              Daoism, Confucianism (read ch 6) & Shinto (scan ch 7)  vocab Dao/Conf due Sept 24 


Oct 1, 8, (12) Buddhism (read ch 5)   Dao/Conf quiz and sum due Oct 1, Budd vocab due Oct 1

Jainism (scan ch 4)The Unwinking Gaze (70 min) ex cr film due Oct 12


(Fri, Oct 12)  Buddhism speaker: Venerable Chodron- Todd Lecture Hall (Molstead Library Lobby) 6:30–8:30 pm and ex cr for Fri night sessions starting …….TBA)


Oct 15         Zoroastrian/Jud (read ch 8 & 231-235)   Budd quiz and sum due Oct 15  


Oct 22         Judaism (read ch 8)  vocab Jud due Oct 22

Oct 29            Judaism Speaker:  Rabbi Jack in classroom, then finish Judaism


Nov 5            Christianity (read ch 9)    Jud Quiz and sum due Nov 5,  vocab Chr due Nov 5

Nov 12 *         Christianity watch Mark Dunagan at home/discuss/turn in sum for attendance, visit local church before Nov 12 for us to start with that experience plus Church hand in/discuss


Nov 19*          Islam (read ch 10) (finish Christianity 1st if need) (Chr Quiz, Chr sum, Isl vocab due Nov 19)

Nov 26            Islam speaker: Mamdouh El-Aarag in classroom, cont Islam

Dec 3              finish Islam, Discuss paper, Sikhism (scan ch 11),

Dec 10                        Paper outline meetings

class wrap up and indiv mtgs paper outline on Dec 10, Islam quiz and sum due Dec 10


Dec 17         Final Paper due- 11:55 pm (submit online)




Additional Items



Quizzes: drop the lowest or ex cr pts on line below


Hindu___/5 points

Budd___/5 points

Dao/Conf___/5 points

Jud___/5 points

Chr___/5 points

Isl___/5 points


Total ______/25



Sums: drop the lowest


Hindu___/5 points

Budd___/5 points

Dao/Conf___/5 points

Jud___/5 points

Chr___/5 points

Isl___/5 points


Total ______/25



Vocab: drop the lowest 2


Ch 1___/5 points

Hindu___/5 points

Budd___/5 points

Dao/Conf___/5 points

Jud___/5 points

Chr___/5 points

Isl___/5 points


Total ______/25



PAPER outline______/5

FINAL PAPER______/20

MISSED CLASSES -______ (# times missed-minus 4-times 2 pts each)

EXTRA CREDIT? +____/10


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: 

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:

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: 

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.


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.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

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:

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:

Additional withdrawal information:


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.