Religions of the World
Welcome to "The World's Religions"!
The academic study of religion challenges you to develop the qualities of openness, honesty, critical intelligence, careful reading and listening, and critical tolerance:
source: Ways of Being Religious by Gary E. Kessler, pp. 4-6 (Mayfield Publishing):
The balancing act:
Donít blindly accept religion
These are the points by which your work will be judged. Keep them in mind and apply them in your work and you should do well in this class.
A Word about attitude:
In the academic study of religion it is important to step back from your personal beliefs and assumptions in order to judge the issues in as unbiased, open minded and objective a way as possible. Try to put aside all negative as well as positive preconceptions. This does not mean you are to abandon your personal beliefs but you should understand that the classroom is not the place for belief which is not critically examined and which does not take other points of view into consideration.
An open and inquisitive mind is your greatest asset as you pursue your work in this class. The most important thing you can learn in this class is tolerance, respect and appreciation for beliefs and opinions that might differ from your own. Please do not assume that religions other than your own are wrong. I expect you to at least make an effort to be open minded and willing to consider the value and possible validity of new and different ideas - thatís what education is all about!
How to do well in this class:
Your overall performance in this class and on each assignment will be evaluated in three main areas:
Your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter is only part of what you will be graded on. The other part of your grade will be based on your sincere openness to and appreciation of the different religions we will study. Your ability to analyze the facts presented, draw conclusions and make comparisons and connections will also be a determining factor in evaluating your performance in this class.
I consider typical performance on assignments to be "B" work. Do better than expected (impress me) and you can get "A"s. A lack of effort or quality is likely to receive a grade of "C" or even "D". The surest way to jeopardize your final grade it to not do some of the assignments.
The following criteria are used in determining "A" level work:
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|Created by Laura Ellen Shulman||
Last updated: March 2003