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



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