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Course Outline


Department
Religion
Course Code
RLGA01H3
Professor
Henry Shiu

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES - RELIGION
RLGA01H3 – WORLD RELIGIONS I (2010 summer)
CLASS TIME AND LOCATION: Tuesday, 08:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., AC223
INSTRUCTOR: Henry Shiu
E-MAIL: shiu@utsc.utoronto.ca
OFFICE: HW404A
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 12:00 to 1:00 / by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course introduces students to the academic study of the religious traditions of India,
China and Japan, through a survey of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism,
Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto religions. The course will explore the history, beliefs,
practices, rituals, and writings of these religions. The tutorials will help you understand
the materials covered through reflection and discussion of the readings and the lectures.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
• To develop an appreciation of the history, principal personalities and major tenets of the
religious traditions of the East.
• To develop an appreciation of religious differences and begin to understand how
religion influences daily life and interaction with others.
• To develop an understanding of the social practice of the religion and the role of the
individual spiritual development.
• To develop skills for research in the study of religion.
• To encourage open discussion and critical thinking.
REQUIRED TEXT:
Willard G. Oxtoby and Roy C. Amore, eds., World Religions: Eastern Traditions.
Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010. [THIRD EDITION]
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
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 the assigned material,
participating in the tutorial discussion, and attending class will all contribute toward
making each class rewarding and enjoyable; meeting these expectations will also help
your overall performance in the course.
COURSE EVALUATION:
Evaluation: 2 Written Assignments (15% each, due Oct 26 and Nov 23) 30%
Quiz #1 (in class, October 12) 15%
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Quiz #2 (in class, November 16) 15%
Final Exam (to be scheduled between Dec 9 and Dec 21) 40%
QUIZZES (15% EACH):
Students will be tested on material covered in the textbook and lectures. Quizzes will be made up
of definitions of a selection of 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 lectures and tutorials.
Quizzes must be written on the days specified. Makeup quizzes or grade re-distribution are only
granted if students provide official University of Toronto documentation that explicitly
demonstrates an inability to be present on quiz days. Permission to write will be denied if official
documentation for the absence comes more than 1 week after the day of the quiz.
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (15% EACH):
Detailed guidelines will be posted on the intranet.
A note on writing: We expect you to write clearly and properly, and cite appropriately when
necessary. Please note that plagiarism is a serious offense under university regulation, and
carries serious consequences. Its really not worth it - you cheat yourself and others, and your
learning experience will be significantly tainted. To be clear about how not to plagiarize, please
go to: http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/plagsep.html . If you have questions or concerns about
writing style and format, you may find the resources of the UTSC writing centre helpful:
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~tlsweb/TWC/index.htm.
We expect you to use gender-neutral language in conversation and in your writing. This means,
e.g., saying and writing humans (humanity, humankind, people, etc.) instead of
mankind. We will be pleased to provide you with guidelines should this practice be new to you.
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