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 the instructional web.
This class is a combined section that includes both an "in-class" and an online section, and consequently it has been designed to provide opportunities for these distinct groups of students to collaborate. We will make extensive use of online collaboration tools and the Blackboard classroom.
The class will consist predominantly of discussion of the readings, led by me and by class members, both in class and online. 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, which will be posted online.
The major forms of individual assessment will be quizzes and writing assignments (essays, etc.). The quizzes will be online. I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. Course assignments must be submitted by email or via the Blackboard classroom.
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 collaborative 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.) These are the components of the course for grades up to a B:
To earn an A in the course, (1) you must submit a research essay of about 5 pages on a topic that you develop in consultation with me and (2) the essay grade must be an A. (A longer essay may be submitted in lieu of one or more of the analytical essays.) You must have an A average on prior written work to be eligible to submit the A essay.
Please review the Grading and Evaluation System for a more detailed exposition of my approach to evaluation.
Due dates for written work 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 submitted by email or posted on the Blackboard site for our class. Please see the Orientation for further instructions.
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, and people sometimes find the topics covered offensive. Consequently, the conventions of respect and responsibility discussed in my Course Policies are of particular importance in this course. If you do find class discussion offensive, please discuss the matter with me, bearing in mind that people do have different levels of tolerance for critical investigation of religious topics. "Respect" does not necessarily mean "agree"; however, to the best of our ability, we will approach the topics of our discussion from the perspective of philosophical inquiry.
This is a very brief overview of the course content:
You will find a complete course calendar in the online classroom.
Proceed to the Orientation
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