UNT PHIL 2400 - PHIL 2400 Syllabus F 2014 (7 pages)

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University of North Texas
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Phil 2400 - Reli & Ameri Soc
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1 PHIL 2400 Religion and American Society Fall 2014 MWF 11 00 11 50am Cury 204 Professor Dr Sarah Fredericks Office Location ENV 310U Teaching Assistant Nicole Capella Office Location ENV 320D Office Hours MW 3 30 5 and by appointment Email sfrederi unt edu Phone 940 369 8126 office Office Hours T 4 5pm W 10 11am Grader Seth Thompson Office Location virtual office chat forum via blackboard Office Hours Monday 12 1 Email NicoleCapella my unt edu Email Seth Thompson unt edu Course Description Religion American Society examines selected topics in the relationship of religion to society in the United States Subjects covered may include the development of religious pluralism in the United States the role and contributions of religious minorities religion and civil rights religion and gender issues and religious response to cultural change Satisfies the Humanities requirement of the University Core Curriculum Course Goals 1 Learn key terms related to religious traditions in America 2 Learn about many of the religious traditions in America how they have interacted with each other and how they relate to American society in general 3 Develop the ability to discuss religion in a professional civil and respectful way in writing and orally 4 Develop the ability to interpret news stories about religion in America using course themes and vocabulary Expectations for productive academic discussions about religion and politics Discussions of religion and politics make many people nervous for they fear that they will offend someone get into a shouting match or that their conversation partner will try to convert them Indeed much of American society encourages people NOT to talk about these very ideas And yet religion and politics are central issues to our class Consequently a significant element of this class involves learning how to have productive civil academic discussions about potentially controversial subjects To do so 1 Be polite and respectful when speaking and asking questions 2 Listen to what other people are actually saying 3 Be patient as classmates learn these skills 4 Speak up in class everyone will have something to add to the discussion This should be a safe space to ask respectful questions about religions Rude antagonistic comments are not acceptable in this class Attempts to proselytize or convert people are similarly not appropriate here This class is focused on learning about religion not converting anyone to or away from any particular religion or to or away from religion in general If you have questions ask in class email me or come to office hours Materials 1 The required textbook for this course is Catherine L Albanese America Religions and Religion 5th ed Thomson Wadsworth Belmont CA 2012 Paper or electronic versions are fine 2 Other materials as indicated in the schedule below will be posted on the course website at learn unt edu the Blackboard Learn site It is YOUR responsibility to download and or print and read the materials before class Check on materials well in advance of the date they are due Last minute computer problems are not a good excuse if you come to class without reading the material 3 Copies of the syllabus assignment sheets announcements etc will be posted on the website 2 Evaluation 10 Attendance Participation 20 Online Discussion Posts 15 First Religion and the News Analysis 20 Second Religion and the News Analysis 15 Midterm Exam 20 Final Exam 3 Extra Credit Attendance Participation In class I will give background information that your readings may lack and expand on ideas in the readings Your classmates and I will raise questions that will challenge your thinking You will engage in discussion with others in order to develop your understanding of the material Sometimes we may have short in class writing assignments All of these things are critical to learning in religious studies Thus attendance counts Participation is only possible if you are IN class and paying attention not using electronic devices for non class purposes etc Sign in sheets help me keep track of participation It is your responsibility to sign the sign in sheet Online Discussion Posts o To help you develop the ability to discuss religion civilly improve your understanding of the terms and themes discussed in the readings and in class have an opportunity to develop your own ideas and engage with others you will post to online discussion boards on our course website this semester o Each week a discussion topic linked to a specific reading or readings will be posted on the website Posts are due at 10am on the date specified on the schedule below No posts are possible after that time Your task is to write a paragraph at least 3 5 sentences on the specified subject that relates to the reading Respond with your thoughts o Thirteen discussion topics will be on the course website respond to ten for a chance to earn full credit If you do more than ten posts your highest ten posts will count toward your final grade o Each post will be worth up to two points Posts are not graded on content as the goal of these assignments is for you to think about the readings not to agree with any particular point of view Points are earned as follows One point Discuss some part of the designated reading for the discussion thread As you discuss make sure that you refer to the text or one of the texts for the day by using a direct quote set off by quotation marks Cite the source for your quotation or quotations WITH PAGE numbers by following the MLA style sheet attached to this syllabus One point Formal language and grammar i e no text message speak such as lol omg u instead of you using incomplete sentences etc Civil and respectful engagement with ideas whether those from the texts or your classmates Religion and the News Analyses For this assignment you must choose a contemporary issue of religion in America that has been in the news since January 1 2014 and analyze it using terms used in the class Detailed assignment sheets will be handed out later in the semester and posted on the course website Turn in through course website under assignments 3 Midterm and Final Exams Exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions Exams cannot be made up unless an alternative date is approved in ADVANCE or because of a documented emergency having a heart attack the morning of the exam is a good excuse Extra Credit Each student has only one opportunity for extra credit this semester You may attend a


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