The religious dimension of human life and experience; Religious language, attitudes, images, myths, metaphors, symbols, and the rituals relating the history and practice of religion emphasizing how women and men throughout history and in different cultures have lived and expressed a religious faith based on their sense of the sacred.
Instructor Information: Carl Jech
Carl L. Jech has taught philosophy, religion and humanities at the Foothill/De Anza Colleges for 30 years.
A performing artist, he has appeared as tenor soloist with the Milwaukee Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra and with numerous San Francisco Bay Area musical organizations. He has sung in many choral groups around the country, including with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.
He has also performed various roles in productions of the Marin Civic Light Opera. A 1986 performance of Schubert's song cycle Die Schoene Mullerin received critical acclaim in the San Francisco press as genuine artistry. He is a former conductor of the Marin-based Winifred Baker Chamber Singers.
A native of Minnesota, he graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and holds the M. Div. Degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Th.M. degree from Harvard Divinity School. He has served as pastor at congregations in Michigan and California and was campus pastor at the University of
Wisconsin at Whitewater. He is the father of two grown children, Dawn and Jeffrey and has four grandchildren.
Jech is the author of a number of journal articles and of four books, Shadows and Symbols
published in 1985, Channeling Grace published in 1989, Will The Gay Issue Go Away?:Toward A New Theological Consensus on Sexual Orientation published in 2002, and SPIRITUAL NONBELIEVER: Religion As Creative Art Form published in 2011. His new book RELIGION as ART FORM: Reclaiming Spirituality without Supernatural Beliefs will be published this summer.
(available at Amazon, BN.com and on Kindle, Nook, Google).
Phone: 408-864-8999 X3700
Office Location: MLC-250
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:15 PM
NOTICE: The Orientation Meeting and all Reviews and Exams will be held in room MQ-3.
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week using and studying course materials.
1. Attend the Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, April 10; 5:00-6:00 PM; room MQ-3 OR, complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form by 12 noon on Tuesday, April 10.
2. Online Orientation may be found at this address:
http://deanza.edu/distance. Pre-registered students who do not attend the Orientation Meeting or complete the online orientation by the deadline will be dropped to make room for students on the wait list.
3. View eleven video programs.
4. Complete all required reading assignments.
5. Complete Term Paper.
6. Pass the three scheduled exams.
After completing the readings and watching the video programs, you should be able to:
1. Identify the world's major religions, and describe the various methods for studying religion.
2. Characterize world religions according to the following dimensions:
mythic, experiential, doctrinal, ritualistic, ethical and social.
3. Have a better understanding of the historical, theological, and philosophical roots of the major religions.
1. Harold S. Kushner, When Bad Things Happen To Good People (Avon)
2. Carl L. Jech, Channeling Grace (C.S.S. Publishers)
3. Kenneth Kramer, World Scriptures: An Introduction to Comparative Religions (Paulist Press)
Required: A spiral bound (or other type of) notebook for taking class notes while watching the televised videotape or DVD class sessions.
Recommended: Carl L. Jech, Will The Gay Issue Go Away? and SPIRITUAL NONBELIEVER: Religion as Creative Art Form (PublishAmerica)
Cable, video streaming. Eleven required video programs.
Log in information and request for password can also be located from https://catalyst.deanza.edu Catalyst site. If your question or issue is not covered in the FAQ, go to http://catalysthelp.deanza.edu where you will be able to submit a tech help request.
Please Note: Catalyst is De Anza's branding of Moodle software.
Videos are streamed using RealPlayer.
For a free download of the RealPlay software and to test your computer go
to the https://www.deanza.edu/distance Distance Learning Center website. Select the "Technology link", then the Webcasts and Videostreams link and follow the directions there. The quality of the videostream can be affected by Internet congestion on the De Anza Campus
or network congestion with your Internet service provider.
Read pages 11-15 of Channeling Grace and write a 5-7 page double-spaced critique/response using your own thoughts AND at least three (3) footnote references to other sources which deal with similar issues and concerns.
These sources may be books, periodical articles,interviews, media presentations, movies, or other sources of information. These sources must be credited in footnotes with parentheses in the text of the paper with a
bibliography at the end of the paper.
A sample footnote: "To be or not to be." (Shakespeare, p, 212)
A bibliography entry should be in the following format:
Author-Last, Name, First Name, Title of Book (Underlined or in italics), Place of publication, Name of Publisher, Date of publication, and Page numbers if necessary.
Plagiarism is a crime. Except for quotations, everything must be stated in your own words. Be original. The instructor wants to see you having a real dialogue with the issues at hand. A dry recitation of mere information will not do. Any paper that has the general style of an information-heavy encyclopedia article will not be graded any higher than C. Use your critical thinking skills!
Distance Learning students should turn or fax their papers in by 5:00 PM at the Distance Learning Center on the day of the final review session, or on the first day of Finals Week. The paper may be turned in at the time of the final exam, but then you should provide a large stamped self-addressed envelope so that the instructor can return the graded paper to you.
Take advantage of the instructor's office hour or voice mail for guidance in doing your paper.
1. Turn in your paper at the Distance Learning Center, room LC-107.
During regular hours drop them into the Homework Drop Box inside the office and sign in your name on the "Student Coursework Sign-In-Sheet" so there is a record of your paper being turned in there. After hours, drop them into the Homework Drop Box located by the Distance Learning Center door (facing the California History Center).
2. Mail your paper to: Carl L. Jech, De Anza College Distance Learning Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
3. FAX your paper to either of the two Distance Learning Center FAX machines: (408) 864-8245 or (408) 864-5546.
Term Papers are returned to the Distance Learning Center as they are graded.
You may attach a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your grade on this paper in the mail. Please show your DASB Photo ID to the DLC staff to pick up your graded paper.
Attend the Lecture/Review Sessions
The instructor reviews the course assignments and helps you prepare for the examinations. While attendance is not required, past experience has shown that students who attend these review sessions have a better grasp of the course material and tend to score higher on their exams.
Review #1: Tuesday, May 1; 6:00-7:00 PM; Room MQ-3
Review #2: Tuesday, May 29; 5:00-6:00 PM; Room MQ-3
Review #3: Tuesday, June 19; 5:00-6:00 PM; Room MQ-3
Since new information regarding schedule changes or other problems may be announced during these review sessions, students who do not attend may miss essential information.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
Three exams are given, worth 100 points each. They are a combination of fill-in short answer, matching, multiple-choice and essay questions.
(Exam #1 covers Videos: 1-4; Read all of When Bad Things Happen to Good People; Channeling Grace pp. 108-122; World Scriptures-Ch 8).
Exam #2: Tuesday, June 5; 6:00-7:30 PM; Room MQ-3
(Exam #2 covers Videos: 5-8; Channeling Grace: pp. 11-47; 75-81 World Scriptures-Ch. 8 & 9).
Exam #3: Tuesday, June 26; 6:00-8:00 PM; Room MQ-3
(Final Exam covers Videos: 9-11; Channeling Grace: pp. 68-74 World Scriptures-Ch. 2-7).
Testing Materials: Bring a photo ID, a pen and a self-addressed stamped envelope for each exam score you wish to have mailed to you.
ALTERNATE TESTING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Exam scores are not posted. Students must attach a self-address, stamped envelope to each exam to receive test results through the mail. Students may view their graded exams the DLC office but may not keep them.
The point distribution for each exam is as follows:
Letter Grade Points
F 49 and below
There are a total of 400 points possible for this course:
Exam 1 = 100
Exam 2 = 100
Final Exam = 100
Term Paper = 100
Final Grade Points
F 196 and below
You may access your final grades through the De Anza College "MyPortal" system at http://www.deanza.edu/registration/grades.html
Week "Videos to View" Video Lessons' Call #
When Bad Things Happen To Good People
World Scriptures: An Introduction to Comparative Religions
Week 1: April 9
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Week 2: April 16
Last day to add the class: Saturday, April 21.
Last day to drop the class and be eligible for a refund: Saturday, April 21.
2 dlcv HUMI 9 v.2
Week 3: April 23
Last Day to Drop with a Never Attend grade: Saturday, April 28 (Drop date is enforced)
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Week 4: April 30
Last Day to Request a Pass/No Pass Grade: Friday, Friday, May 4.
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Week 5: May 7
Before Exam #1: Read all of When Bad Things Happen to Good
People; Channeling Grace: pp. 108-122; World Scriptures Ch 8
5 dlcv HUMI 9 v.5
Week 6: May 14
6 dlcv HUMI 9 v.6
Week 7: May 21
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Week 8: May 28
Memorial Day Holiday Monday, May 28
Last Day to Drop with a Withdrawal grade: Friday, June 1.
8 dlcv HUMI 9 v.8
Week 9: June 04
Before Exam #2: Channeling Grace: pp. 11-47; 75-81; World Scriptures Ch. 8 & 9 Exam #2
9 dlcv HUMI 9 v.9
Week 10: June 11
10 dlcv HUMI 9 v.10
Week 11: June 18
Term paper due at Review #3 or at the DL Center: LC-107 by Tuesday, June 19 – But can also be turned in at the final exam on Tuesday, June 26.
11 dlcv HUMI 9 v.11
Week 12: June 25
Before Exam #3: Channeling Grace: pp. 68-74 World Scriptures Ch. 2-7
Exam #3: Tuesday, June 26; 6:00-8:00 PM; Room G4
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Library West Computer Lab(LWCL)
The Library West Computer Lab offers support services for Distance Learning students including: open computer
lab with Internet access, stations for viewing videotapes and videotape checkout.
A photo I.D. card is required to check out materials or use computers in the Library West Computer Lab, use
computers in other campus computer labs.
To check out videotapes from the OML a Distance Learning Center I.D. Card is also required
The Distance Learning I.D. cards are available from the Distance Learning Center.
Basement floor of the Learning Center West building, Room 1, on the De Anza College campus.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.
This course utilizes streaming video which can be accessed via the Catalyst system. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you
will be unable to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or
finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
Due to licensing restrictions video programs are not available for downloading.