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161356697.doc 1 RLGA02H3S—W ORLD R ELIGIONS II U NIVERSITY OFT ORONTO SCARBOROUGH W INTER 2012 NSTRUCTOR : DR. AVID P ERLEY E MAIL: [email protected] C LASS TIME AND LOCATION : UESDAYS , 8-10AM ., AC223 O FFICE HOURS : HW515, T UESDAYS, 10A.M. -NOON OR BY APPOINTMENT C OURSE DESCRIPTION : The course introduces students to the academic study of religions through a survey of some of the major religious traditions of the world (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) while also examining the role of religions in the contemporary world. Our exploration of these traditions will include their historical, textual, symbolic, and social aspects. The goals of the course include: establishing a foundation for understanding these religions in their historical and cultural context; developing skills for researching, reading, and responding to the subject matter; and fostering an environment that encourages open discussion and critical thinking about religion and the academic study of religion. R EQUIRED READINGS : Willard G. Oxtoby and Amir Hussain, eds., World Religions: Western Traditions. Third Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010. [WRWT] E-Readings: 1. “How Not To Plagiarize” by Margaret Procter – UT Writing Support http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize 2. “Standard Documentation Formats” by Margaret Procter – UT Writing Support http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/using-sources/documentation The text has been ordered through the University of Toronto Scarborough Bookstore. Check out the online student resources for our textbook. There are multiple choice practice quizzes that will help you to grasp basic concepts from each chapter: http://www.oupcanada.com/higher_education/companion/religion/9780195427172/student_resources.html C OURSE REQUIREMENTS : B LACKBOARD AND UTOR ID: Students are responsible for having a valid, working UTORid and for gaining access to the course website on Blackboard (http://portal.utoronto.ca/ or www.utsc.utoronto.ca ). All documents and resources for the course (besides a hard copy of the course outline) will be accessible only through the course website. Always check “Content,” “Announcements,” and “Discussion Board” for the latest updates to the course. Students are required to attend lectures. Please come prepared for each meeting by doing the assigned reading. Lack of commitment to familiarize yourself with the material in the text will affect your understanding of lectures. Reading assigned material, participating on the course website, and attending classes will all contribute toward making each class rewarding and enjoyable; meeting these expectations will also help your overall performance in the course. Weboption is not a substitute for class attendance. QUIZ(IN CLASF EBRUARY14) 25% R ITUA/ARTIFACTASSIGNMENT  6 PAGES DOUBL-SPACED; UE ON TURNITINCOM : EB28 15% R EWRITE(DUEA PRIL3) 10% CLASS/WEBSITE PARTICIPATION 10% FINAL EXAM (Scheduled by the Registrar) 40% 161356697.doc 2 Q UIZ: Students will be tested on material covered in the textbook AND lectures. The quiz will be made up of definitions of a selection of glossary terms taken from the back of the relevant chapters of the Oxtoby text, along with short essay questions based on themes and issues raised in the text and lectures. The quiz must be written on the scheduled class day. If students provide official University of Toronto documentation that explicitly demonstrates an inability to be present on quiz days (see the Academic Handbook), then it is at the discretion of the instructor to either redistribute grades or permit a makeup quiz. A mark of ‘zero’ will be assigned if documentation for or notification of the absence comes more than 1 week after the day of the quiz. Reviewing quiz grades: To review a quiz grade, please email [email protected] to request for an appointment to meet the instructor. In the email, include a detailed explanation that justifies the re-examination of the quiz, and then the instructor will decide on whether a re-marking of the quiz is warranted. The instructor has the final authority to settle grade issues. Requests to review grades must be done promptly –the deadline to review grades for the quiz is 1 week after the quiz has been returned. W RITTEN A SSIGNMENTS AND TURNITIN COM ): RITUAL/A RTIFACT ASSIGNMENT Students will be provided with an “Essay Guidelines and Topics” file and are asked to choose a ritual or artifact from the list of topics. This assignment requires library research (both digital and/or traditional forms). The most successful essay assignments will use peer-reviewed books (monographs) found in the UofT library that are directly related to the chosen topic. S OURCES FOR R ITUAL/ARTIFACT ASSIGNMENT Monographs, Encyclopedia of Religion entry (ONE), and peer-reviewed UTL Catalogue E-resources are admissible as sourcesBUT OTHER WEBSITES AND NTERNET SOURCES ARE NOT ADMISSIBLE FOR THE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT . Failure to comply with instructions will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Papers are due on the dates indicated. All essays must be submitted to TURNITIN.COM BY THE SPECIFIED DEADLINE. See info about turnitin below. R EWRITE POLICY : Students submit a revised version of their papers (paper due Feb. 28; rewrite deadline of April 3), in which case the grade of the essay assignment. Revisions are an integral component of developing writing and critical thinking skills – please take advantage of the opportunity for improvement. T URNITIN: Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site. TURNITIN INFO : www.turnitin.com ClassID: 4696161 Password: A02W12 161356697.doc 3 Students choosing not to use the Turnitin.com service will be required to submit all rough work that clearly demonstrates original research (all notes, bibliographic information with clear page references, and library internet research). L ATE P ENALTY : NO LATE PAPERS.LATE PAPERS WILL BE ASSIGNED A ZE.O HOW TO SUBMIT PAPERS : Please upload an electronic version of the paper to turnitin.com. If the paper is late, turnitin will not allow you to upload. R EVIEWING GRADES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS : To review a grade or pursue questions about grades for the written assignment, students must pick up the marked assignment, read all comments provided by the grader, and then request an appointment to see the instructor to review the grade. Students must explicitly justify the reason for the grade review request. Unqualified displeasure is an invalid reason. The final deadline for reviewing grades for returned work is the last class (see 3.2.11 of the Academic Handbook for details). The deadline for reviewing the grade of the final draft of the essay is the day of our final exam. CLASS P ARTICIPATION ; BLACKBOARD W EBSITE PARTICIPATION : Students must confirm access to the course website (this is different than registering for the course). There will be opportunities throughout the course to participate by engaging in discussions on the course website discussion board (e.g., responding to study questions, answering inquiries from your fellow students), answering ‘online pop quizzes’ and volunteering in class (by discussing material, participating in brief in-class discussions, or recording outstanding questions from lectures and posting notes on the site). Also, those students actively participating on the discussion board and helping to answer and clarify questions posed by fellow students contribute to their Class Participation/Blackboard Participation grade. Note: This course provides amazing opportunities for discussion, but our course community needs some ground rules. Please be prepared to provide a context for your responses to the academic presentation of these religious traditions, and avoid claims to absolute interpretations – WE MUST FOCUS ON THESE RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS AS UNDERSTOOD IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COURSE AND NOT ON DEBATES ABOUT THE TRUTH OF ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION OR PERSPECTIVE. Inappro
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