PHIL2321: Philosophy of Religion
Instructional Office Hours
The ACC catalogue describes this course as "An analysis of the concept of God, the nature of religion and religious experience with an emphasis on such themes as the problem of evil, rationality and religious belief, and arguments for and against the concept of a deity."
There are no prerequisites for Philosophy of Religion. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading portion of the TASP is required, and I highly recommend a passing score or the equivalent on the writing portion.
Our main purpose is to explore the central concepts of religion, and to that end we will be exploring various religious traditions of the world Previous study of the world's religions is helpful but not required.
Religion has been and continues to be one of the principal forces that have shaped human societies and history. For this reason, exploration of the central concepts of religion sheds light on the dynamics of religious tradition and faith. This exploration affords a deeper understanding of culture and history.
The class will consist predominantly of discussion of the readings, led both by me and by class members. I will use a variety of media in my presentations, including web material, etc. There may also be group work and group presentations to the class.
The major form of individual assessment will be exams and writing assignments (essays, etc.). I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. I would prefer that assignments be submitted by email wherever possible.
I have set up a listserv for this class for additional discussion of issues that we do not cover in class. See my instructional web for details.
The text is available in the ACC bookstore. The packet will be available either from the bookstore or from me. Some of the readings will also be posted to my instructional web.
Your grade for this course will be based on exams, collaborative work, and written work demonstrating the pursuit of the objectives of the course. (See the Coursework Guide for a more detailed explanation of the written work.) The three exams and two religious event essays form the basic component and are required of all students, . You may complete additional components for a higher grade, as indicated in the following table:
In any case, the average of your grades will determine the course grade. (For example, if you completed the exams, the Analytical Essay, and the Research Essay, but your average is a B, your course grade will still be a B. Quality should be of greater concern than quantity!)
The calculation of your grade depends on whether you pursue a C, B, or A. Each course component weighs the same. Here is the relative weight of each assignment for each plan:
Due dates for written work and exam dates will be arranged in class and posted on the main page for your course. Please note that I will not accept work after the stated due date, except by prior agreement. All written work done outside of class must be typed (using a standard fontno italics!) and double-spaced, and I prefer that you submit all written work done outside of class by email. Please see my Course Policies for further information.
I expect everyone to participate in class discussion. Class participation should be informed. By this I mean that everyone should come to class having read and thought about the assignment. We only meet one evening a weekbe prepared. Religion is often a difficult subject to discuss openly, so the conventions of respect and responsibility I discuss in my Course Policies are of particular importance in this course.
Review my Course Policies online at
This is a very brief overview of the course content. See the main web page for a more detailed outline and due dates.
This page was last updated 08/23/2009 08:16:53 PM by mdaude.