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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HUMI-D009.-61Z
HUMI-D009.-61Z - Lori Clinchard
Introduction to Religion
Call Number: 1104
Term: Summer 2013
4 units
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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: Lori Clinchard
This is my sixth year teaching Humanities full-time at De Anza, having previously taught at the University of New Mexico, Taos, for five years. I am a native San Franciscan, grew up in the East Bay, went to San Jose State and UC Davis, and have degrees in French & Political Science (BA), Cultural Anthropology (MA), and Humanities (PhD). I enjoy teaching online~

Phone: Email only during Summer quarter.
Office Location: F2-i
Office Hours: Email only during Summer quarter.
1. Discussion Participation (200 pts): You will need to participate frequently and substantially in all of the weekly online discussions. You will be graded on both the quantity and quality of your responses. Respect needs to be the foundation of all these interactions, so that everyone will feel safe to share their ideas.

Twice during the quarter, you will turn in a Discussion Participation Summary. For this, you will need to gather all your discussion posts (there is a quick way to do this...), copy and paste them onto a Word document, add a paragraph analyzing your own participation, and turn it in. In order to receive full participation points, you will need to have participated substantively each week, answering the discussion questions thoroughly, and responding to your classmates in a way that helps create meaningful discussion.

For full discussion participation credit, you need to respond substantively and thoughtfully to at least 3 other students per discussion question, and you must post your initial response to each question by Tue/Wed (midnight) each week, leaving the second half of the week for follow-up discussion.

2. Midterm paper (100): There will be one midterm essay due, for which you will write an in-depth analysis of what you have learned about the topic of the readings up to that point. This analysis should include the main ideas from the reading, but should also describe how these ideas relate to your previous learning, your own life experience, and your personal thoughts and feelings. The paper should be 6-8 pp. in length, 12 font, double-spaced.

3. Final paper (100 pts): There will be one final paper due, for which you will write an in-depth analysis of what you have learned about the topic of the readings. This Final paper will include 8-10 pages covering the material since the midterm, including a synthesis your learning from the entire course. As in the midterm essays, this analysis should include the main ideas from the reading, but should also describe how these ideas relate to your previous learning, your own life experience, and your personal thoughts and feelings.
Course Objectives:
The student will be able to:
Compare and contrast the variety of ways in which the religious dimension of human existence is expressed and lived from pre-modern times through the present;
Examine, analyze, and compare different types of religious consciousness;
Examine, analyze, and compare religious faiths from several cultures and time periods;
Identify and evaluate similar modern and contemporary patterns in different religions;
Open and expand both mind and heart to the diversity that exists among human beings.

The World's Religions, by Huston Smith
Publisher: HarperOne; 50 Anv edition (May 12, 2009)
Additional Information

1. COMPLETE DISTANCE LEARNING ORIENTATION (online). This is REQUIRED, no later than noon on Friday, first week of classes. Access to the Online Orientation is available during the 2 weeks prior to first day of classes. Complete the entire Orientation, even if you have taken distance learning classes in the past. The last part contains critical information you need: how to login to CATALYST, how to obtain your user name and password, and more.

2. LOGIN TO CATALYST and become familiar with the site and features. Access to CATALYST will not be available until first day of classes. Surf your classroom web site: Check out all the links, notice how information is organized, where to find it.

3. REVIEW THE STUDENT GUIDE-*Note the appearance of the "HELP" link on every page. The link is context sensitive. You can also choose HELP INDEX from the Help link.

4. INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN THE STUDENT INTRODUCTION FORUM. (Forum is the same thing as an online Discussion, or a bulletin board. All students can access this discussion forum and get to know a little more about their classmates.

5. PURCHASE REQUIRED BOOK and begin reading.

Be prepared to spend AT LEAST 20 HOURS PER WEEK studying the materials during a 6-week quarter. This course is worth 4 quarter units, so, obviously, it requires effort equivalent to a 4 unit campus-based class. Some students are under the mistaken impression that distance learning requires less work because students do not have to attend class. In fact, most students need to plan additional time for online courses, as compared to classroom courses.
The most important factor with regard to success in college is the student's ability to organize and realistically schedule their time in accordance with their own abilities: consider other college classes, employment obligations, family obligations, and personal study skills. There are still only 24 hours in a day, and you must sleep, eat, and have at least some time for relaxation and fun to refresh your mind.
Participate several times a week in ONLINE DISCUSSIONS.
Prepare, write, and turn in written assignment by the Due Dates.

Be considerate of other students. If you intend to drop the class, please email instructor as early as possible so that waitlisted students can be added. It is the responsibility of the student (not the instructor), to officially drop a class via phone, Internet or registrar's office up until the last day to drop a class. After that date, student will be graded on points accumulated, even if grade is D or F. However, Instructor reserves the right to drop a student who does not appear to be participating or is not keeping up with scheduled tests and assignments. See Syllabus for details. DAC College drops students from classes if they do not pay fees by deadline. To make arrangements for deferred payments (described in Schedule of Classes or on college website), contact registrar. If you think you might qualify for assistance, contact Financial Aid Office:
The instructor reserves the right to drop any enrolled student who does not login to Catalyst by Friday of the first week of classes, in order to add a student from the waitlist. (This is equivalent to 'No Show' for the first week of class for an on-campus class.) If you encounter a problem with login, refer to Distance Learning Tech Support.

Add codes will be distributed starting on first day of classes as space becomes available. Students on official waitlist must email instructor to obtain add code. Read the following carefully. Students on official waitlist have first priority for vacant seats for the first 4 days of the quarter: those students must email the instructor to request an ADD code. (No phone calls.) Instructor does not email students to ask if they want add codes. If there are more requests than seats, add codes are distributed in order according to waitlist. Students who are not on the official waitlist can email add request to the instructor, who will add their name at end of official waitlist in order, according to time/date of request. If there is any space remaining, add codes will be distributed by email until seats are filled. Very often, the instructor will not know if seats are filled until the second week. (Voice mail requests are not accepted. This is an online class.)

Instructor will email add codes to students in response to their email request (explained above). Students must register by phone, Internet or at registrar's office within 24 hours of receiving add code, or instructor may reassign add code to the next student on the list.
Students must complete the Distance Learning Online Orientation or they will be dropped from the class.
Students must pay all fees according to college policy or other agreements, or the registrar will drop them from all classes and/or block student add codes.
Course Requirements: Course Grades
Midterm essay -- 100 pts A = 360-400 pts
Discussion Participation -200 pts B = 320-359 pts
Final essay = 100 pts C = 280-319 pts
Total points = 400 D = 240-279 pts
F = 0-239 pts
Assignments Schedule
Course Outline:
Week 1: Ch. I. Point of Departure & Ch. II. Hinduism
Week 2: Ch. III. Buddhism & Ch. IV. Confucianism
Week 3: Ch. V. Taoism & Ch. VII. Judaism
Week 4: Ch. VIII. Christianity & Ch. IX. Primal Religions
Week 5: Ch. VI Islam & Ch. X. A Final Examination
Week 6: Conclusions

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.
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