PHIL2321: Philosophy of Religion
Instructional Office Hours
Students will be introduced to the philosophical analysis of the nature of religion and religious experience with an emphasis on such themes as rationality and religious belief, the existence and attributes of God, and the problem of evil.
There are no course prerequisites for Philosophy of Religion, but Introduction to Philosophy or World Religions is highly recommended. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading and writing portions of the TASP is required.
The text is available in the ACC bookstore. Handouts and additional readings will be posted to my instructional web.
The class will consist predominantly of discussion of the assigned texts, led both by me and by class members, but it will also include a significant online component using my instructional web. I may 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 online quizzes and take-home writing assignments. I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. The writing assignments must be submitted by email. Internet access and an email address is required. I will post a number of supplementary materials and other items of interest on the main page for this course.
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
Your grade for this course will be based on quizzes, 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 online quizzes, presentation, and analytical essay form the basic component and are required for a B or a C in the course. You may complete one additional component, the Research Essay, for an A, 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 quizzes, 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:
Please review the Grading and Evaluation System for a detailed exposition of my approach to evaluation.
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. All written work done outside of class must be submitted 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.
Review the Course Policies online. There are links to the Course Policies on the main page of my instructional web and on the main page for this course. The Course Policies page is part of this syllabus.
This is a very brief overview of the course content:
You will find a complete course calendar in the online classroom.
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