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 and writing portions of the TASP is 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.
Departmental Course Objectives
(further) develop the fundamental philosophical skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing, and to learn how to apply these skills within the field of Philosophy of Religion
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. Handouts and additional readings will be posted to my instructional web. The main page for this course is http://www.constantinformation.com/accweb/PHIL2321/0310_40855/index.htm.
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 strongly encourage you to 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. 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.
This is a very brief overview of the course content. See the main web page for a more detailed outline and due dates.
Your first assignment is to complete a web-based form. Have the following information information ready:
This information is required, but there is also a voluntary (fairly brief) survey in the First Assignment form. I encourage you to complete the survey, as it provides information that may help me support your work in this course.
When I receive your First Assignment, I will verify your enrollment. If you are officially enrolled in the course, I will send you a password to the online "classroom." If there is a problem with your enrollment, I will notify you. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours (not including Saturdays!) of submitting your First Assignment, contact me.
Please note! Submitting a First Assignment is your certification that you accept the policies and procedures set forth in the Syllabus and the Orientation. Read this information carefully, and if you have questions or concerns about the policies and procedures for this class, please let me know before you complete this First Assignment.
To complete your First Assignment, visit the main page for the course on my instructional web. The First Assignment is due in the first week of class.
This page was last updated 08/23/2009 08:16:53 PM by mdaude.