Course Syllabus                                                             AAGI14Q7J7                                    ...
Facilitator InformationMichael Scott Svobodamssvoboda@email.phoenix.edu (University of Phoenix)thefightinirish@yahoo.com (...
Technical Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-877-832-4867, or use the e-mailsupport form.Answers...
Individual (100%)Checkpoint: Effects of Religion                  30Assignment: Vocabulary Quiz (Week 1)             70Exe...
Week OneThe Religious Response        Recognize ways in which organized religion influences people’s lives.        Define ...
Week TwoIndigenous Sacred Ways       Describe the importance of relationships to indigenous religions.       Identify exam...
Week ThreeHinduism       Describe the Hindu philosophical systems and forms of worship.       Explain the origins of Hindu...
Week FourBuddhism        Explain the origins of Buddhism.        Describe Buddhism’s theological foundations and spiritual...
Week FiveDaoism, Confucianism, and Judaism       Compare and contrast the theological foundations and spiritual practices ...
Week SixChristianity and Islam        Explain the origins of Christianity.Explain the origins of IslamWeekly RemindersDisc...
Discussion Question #2   Main Forum Discussion #2 Thread   Thursday                                                       ...
Week SevenMonotheistic ReligionsCompare and contrast the theological foundations and spiritual practices of Judaism, Chris...
Week EightNew Religious Movements & Religion in the 21st Century        Compare and contrast new religious movements with ...
Week NineMaking Connections       Communicate with people of different religions about their beliefs and practices.Weekly ...
Final Project: World Religions                                 Please place in the Assignments Link   SundayReport
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  1. 1. Course Syllabus AAGI14Q7J7 Religions of the World Course Start Date: 08/27/2012 Course End Date: 10/28/2012Please print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference.Whenever there is a question about what assignments are due, please remember this syllabus isconsidered the ruling document.CopyrightCopyright ©2009 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.University of Phoenix© is a registered trademark of Apollo Group, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.Microsoft©, Windows©, and Windows NT© are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or othercountries. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Use ofthese marks is not intended to imply endorsement, sponsorship, or affiliation.Edited in accordance with University of Phoenix© editorial standards and practices.
  2. 2. Facilitator InformationMichael Scott Svobodamssvoboda@email.phoenix.edu (University of Phoenix)thefightinirish@yahoo.com (Personal)714-931-0969 (PST - Pacific Standard Time)Facilitator AvailabilityI am available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Central Time on most days, but I attempt to reserve Sunday for myfamily. During the week, I am online most of the time during that 9 a.m.-9 p.m. time frame.On Saturdays, I tend to be online in the morning only. If these times are not convenient for you, please letme know. I will be happy to accommodate your schedule, if possible. I provide you with these times tomake it easier to communicate with me, and not to limit our contact.I want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should nothesitate to do so.For emergencies, when you are not able to gain access to messages on the Online Learning System(OLS), please send a message to my personal email address. In the event a third party needs to contactme, please direct them to my contact information listed under "facilitator information." No third partyshould use your login credentials to gain access to the classroom.Where to Go to ClassMain: This is the main forum for the class and is where discussion is conducted. It has read-and-writeaccess for everyone.Chat-Room: This is a read-and-write access forum. It is designed as a place to discuss issues not relatedto the course content. This is the forum to which we will send our bios.Course-Materials: This is a read-only forum, which means you can read messages here but cannot sendany. This is where I will post the course syllabus and materials.Individual Forum: You will see one forum with your name on it. This is a private forum, shared only byyou and me, the facilitator. Your classmates will not have access to this forum. This is where you will postyour individual assignments, and where I will post your feedback. You can also ask questions here.However, if you have general questions about instructions of assignments, please post those in the Mainforum, since other students may benefit by that exchange as well.PoliciesFor class policies, please see the Policies link on the left side of the Materials page for the course oneCampus. Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to allpolicies contained within that link. University policies are subject to change so please be sure to readthem at the beginning of each class as it may have changed since your last class. Policies may be slightlydifferent depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities itis important you read the policies governing your current class modality.Technical Support
  3. 3. Technical Support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-877-832-4867, or use the e-mailsupport form.Answers to the most common issues are found in the Knowledge Base by clicking Help, found at the topof every student Web site.FeedbackEach week, I will provide grades or scores and comments on your assignments. I will send feedback toyour Individual forum.Grading FormulaPoints Grade95+ A90-94 A-87-89 B+84-86 B80-83 B-77-79 C+74-76 C70-73 C-67-69 D+64-66 D60-63 D-<59 FCourse DescriptionSee eCampus.Course Topics & ObjectivesSee eCampus.Course MaterialsSee eCampus.Point Values for Course AssignmentsASSIGNMENTS Points
  4. 4. Individual (100%)Checkpoint: Effects of Religion 30Assignment: Vocabulary Quiz (Week 1) 70Exercise: Indigenous Culture Website Reviews 20Discussion Questions 15Participation (Week 2) 15Checkpoint: Hinduism Terms Map 30Assignment: Hinduism Paper (Week 3) 100Checkpoint: Final Project Preparation 30Discussion Questions 15Participation (Week 4) 15Checkpoint: Eastern Religion Elements Matrix 30Assignment: Judaism Presentation (Week 5) 100Checkpoint: Five Pillars of Islam 30Discussion Questions 15Participation (Week 6) 15Checkpoint: Monotheistic Religions Matrix 30Assignment: Jesus and Muhammad Essay (Week 7) 100Checkpoint: Rough Draft World Religions Report 30Discussion Questions 15Participation (Week 8) 15Checkpoint: Capstone 30Final Project: World Religion Report (Week 9) 250Total 1000
  5. 5. Week OneThe Religious Response Recognize ways in which organized religion influences people’s lives. Define common terms related to the study of religion.Weekly RemindersSummary of Week 1 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Course Preparation Read the course description and objectives. Read the instructor’s biography and post your own. 2. Readings Read Appendix A & B. Read Ch. 1 of Living Religions. 3. CheckPoint: Effects of Religion Post a response to this prompt: Religion may affect people in many different ways. List at least two effects that organized religion has had on society and provide examples from past or present world events that illustrate your examples. 4. Assignment: Vocabulary Quiz Complete Vocabulary Quiz found in Appendix C. Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Effects of Please place in the Assignments Link ThursdayReligionAssignment: Vocabulary Please place in the Assignments Link SundayQuiz
  6. 6. Week TwoIndigenous Sacred Ways Describe the importance of relationships to indigenous religions. Identify examples of roles and observances held sacred by indigenous peoples.Weekly RemindersDiscussion QuestionsDiscussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will beevaluated separately.Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.Summary of Week 2 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Readings Read Ch. 2 & 3 of Living Religions. 2. Exercise: Indigenous Culture Web Site Reviews Review your classmates’ responses to the first Discussion Question for this week. Choose two Web sites that interest you from your classmates’ responses. Complete Appendix D using the two Web sites you found for your Discussion Question response and the two additional Web sites borrowed from your classmates’ responses.3. Discussion Questions Find two Web sites dealing with indigenous cultures or religions. Discuss how modern civilization has affected the spiritual lives of the indigenous peoples you explored. Are any indigenous religions still active today? If so, how have the practices changed over time? NOTE: Post the two Web site URLs in the thread along with your answers to the questions. Based upon your reading and research, what can we learn from indigenous cultures to help our own culture? Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Indigenous Culture Website Please place in the Assignments FridayReviews Link Main Forum Discussion #1Discussion Question #1 Tuesday Thread Main Forum Discussion #2Discussion Question #2 Thursday Thread Four of sevenParticipation Main Forum Discussion Threads days
  7. 7. Week ThreeHinduism Describe the Hindu philosophical systems and forms of worship. Explain the origins of Hinduism.Weekly RemindersSummary of Week 3 DeliverablesCourse Assignments Readings 1. Review Ch. 3 of Living Religions. 2. CheckPoint: Hindu Terms Map Post your answers to Appendix E. 3. Assignment: Hinduism Paper Write a minimum 850 word essay which should include the following: A brief history Dharma Are they polytheistic or monotheistic possibly both in their belief system? Karma Caste Systems Reincarnation . Format your paper according to APA standards (cite all work). Post your paper as an attachment Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Hinduism Terms Please place in the Assignments Link ThursdayMapAssignment: Hinduism Essay Please place in the Assignments Link Sunday
  8. 8. Week FourBuddhism Explain the origins of Buddhism. Describe Buddhism’s theological foundations and spiritual practices.Weekly RemindersDiscussion QuestionsDiscussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will beevaluated separately.Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.Summary of Week 4 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Readings Read Ch. 5, 6, & 8 of Living Religions. 2. CheckPoint: Final Project Preparation Review the material found in Appendices A & F. Complete Appendix B. 3. Discussion Questions How did the childhood experiences of Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) lead to his questioning of the spiritual practices of his time? How do Buddhist practices reflect foundational differences of the Hindu faith? Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Final Project Preparation Please place in the Assignments Friday(appendix B) Link Main Forum Discussion #1Discussion Question #1 Tuesday Thread Main Forum Discussion #2Discussion Question #2 Thursday Thread Main Forum Discussion Four of sevenParticipation Threads days
  9. 9. Week FiveDaoism, Confucianism, and Judaism Compare and contrast the theological foundations and spiritual practices of Daoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Explain the origins of Judaism Describe Judaism’s theological foundations and spiritual practices.Weekly Reminders.Summary of Week 5 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. CheckPoint: Eastern Religion Elements Matrix Complete Appendix G. 2. Assignment: Judaism Presentation ® Create a PowerPoint Presentation geared toward teaching a younger person, age 9 to 14 year old, about Judaism. Important: Your presentation must contain at least 10 slides (not including title slide and reference slide), a minimum of one slide for each topic. The presentation must also include speaker’s notes (see sample presentation in the chatroom folder) that describe what you would say if you were actually presenting this to an audience. Your presentation must cover each of the following topics (a minimum of one slide per topic): Relationship with God/Torah History of Key Sacred Texts Ten Commandments Jerusalem The Nation of Israel Different Sects of Judaism The Holocaust Sacred Practices Holidays Judaism today Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Eastern Religion Elements Please place in the Assignments ThursdayMatrix (appendix G) LinkAssignment: Judaism Presentation Please place in the Assignments Sunday(PowerPoint) Link
  10. 10. Week SixChristianity and Islam Explain the origins of Christianity.Explain the origins of IslamWeekly RemindersDiscussion QuestionsDiscussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will beevaluated separately.Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.Summary of Week 6 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Readings Read Ch. 9 & 10 of Living Religions. 2. CheckPoint: Five Pillars of Islam Submit a 350- to 700-word response answering the following questions: o What are the central beliefs of Islam, and how are they reflected in the "Five Pillars” (McInerney, 2003)? o Which of the Five Pillars do you feel would be easiest to fulfill, and which would be the most challenging (McInerney, 2003)? 3. Discussion Questions Based upon the reading (chapter 9) and other sources, what were the key events of Christianity (which would mean after the resurrection of Jesus Christ) – from its infancy to present time? Have they been positive, or negative for its growth? What events and figures have shaped the development of Islam in the United States? Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Five Pillars of Please place in the Assignments Link FridayIslamDiscussion Question #1 Main Forum Discussion #1 Thread Tuesday
  11. 11. Discussion Question #2 Main Forum Discussion #2 Thread Thursday Four of sevenParticipation Main Forum Discussion Threads days
  12. 12. Week SevenMonotheistic ReligionsCompare and contrast the theological foundations and spiritual practices of Judaism, Christianity, andIslamWeekly RemindersSummary of Week 7 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. CheckPoint: Monotheistic Religions Elements Matrix Complete Appendix H. 2. Assignment: Jesus & Mohammed Paper Submit a minimum 1,350-word paper in which you compare and contrast the lives of Jesus and Mohammed in relation to each respective religion. Complete the following steps in your paper: Trace the lives of Jesus and Mohammed historically. Compare what impact the death of each person had on his respective religion. Describe the ways each individual was or is worshipped. Explain how their messages are being carried out in the world today. Format your paper according to APA standards (cite your work). Post your paper as an attachment Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Monotheistic Religions Please place in the Assignments ThursdayElements Matrix (appendix H) Link Please place in the AssignmentsAssignment: Jesus and Muhammad Essay Sunday Link
  13. 13. Week EightNew Religious Movements & Religion in the 21st Century Compare and contrast new religious movements with well established religions.Estimate the impact of religious pluralism and the interfaith movement on the future of organizedreligion.Weekly RemindersDiscussion QuestionsDiscussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will beevaluated separately.Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.Summary of Week 8 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Readings Read Ch. 12 & 13 of Living Religions. 2. CheckPoint: Rough Draft/detailed outline for World Religions Report Post Your Rough Draft/detailed outline of your World Religions Report. You should have at the very least a very detailed outline of what you are going to present in your final paper. List the religion you are going to be researching, place of visitation; name of person to interview and comparison religion. Send in as an attachment 3. Discussion Questions How are newer religions different from older ones? How are they similar? What effect do you think religious pluralism and the interfaith movement will have on the future of organized religion? Explain your answer. Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Rough Draft World Religions Please place in the Assignments FridayReport Link Main Forum Discussion #1Discussion Question #1 Tuesday Thread Main Forum Discussion #2Discussion Question #2 Thursday Thread Main Forum Discussion Four of sevenParticipation Threads days
  14. 14. Week NineMaking Connections Communicate with people of different religions about their beliefs and practices.Weekly RemindersSummary of Week 9 DeliverablesCourse Assignments 1. Capstone CheckPoint Post your response to the following questions: In what ways has learning about world religions influenced the way you think about religion? Why is it important to learn about other peoples beliefs and attitudes? How will you utilize this information in the future? 2. Final Project: World Religions Report Resources: Appendices A, B, & F Select a religion that is not your own and then visit a place of worship and interview a person of that faith. Write a minimum 2,500 word informative (research) paper about the religion. Compare your selected religion with at least one other religion you are familiar with through this class. You are to use at least one other outside resource that is peer-reviewed (not Wikipedia or Google) . Include the following elements: Introduction of the religion detailing its history, religious beliefs and style of worship Name, location and review of the site. Interview summary Comparing and contrasting with another religion Conclusion References Format your paper according to APA standards. Post your paper as an attachment. Assignment Location DueCheckpoint: Capstone Please place in the Assignments Link ThursdayStatement
  15. 15. Final Project: World Religions Please place in the Assignments Link SundayReport

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