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Evangel University Social Science Department

ANTH 334 / RELG 334 WORLD RELIGIONS / COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS


Course Policy / Syllabus FA 13
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM; ZM-214

Instructor: Robert Bartels, M.P.A., J.D. Phone: 417-865-2815 x 8222
Email: bartelsr@evangel.edu Office: Zimmerman 208L

Catalog Descriptions of the cross-listed course:
ANTH 334: A study of the living religions of the world, comparing their historical and cultural
backgrounds, philosophies, teachings, and influence.

RELG 334: A study of the living religions of the world. Compares their backgrounds, philosophies,
teachings, and influences, and examines their relations to the Christian faith.

Objective of Course:
This course is a study of the religions of the world, which includes an investigation of the key
components that consistently exist among the various religions. Anticipated course outcomes include
an understanding of the scriptures for the various world religions in terms of their history, teachings,
ethics, and rituals.

Course Methods:
Students will be expected to develop in their knowledge in world religions through reading
comprehension with related assignments, such as vocabulary exercises, weekly writing assignments,
class discussions, chapter quizzes, course papers, and course exams.

Required Texts:
Anthology of World Scriptures. Van Voorst, Robert E. Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont, CA. 6
th
Edition,
2008. ISBN: 0-495-50387-8.

The Bible. Any translation is acceptable for this course.

Course Outline and Assignments:
The assignments, quizzes, and exam dates (listed below) are posted on the Calendar within the Angel
course site.

Week 1: August 26
Introduction to the Course
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 1

Week 2: September 2
Labor Day: Monday, September 2 No class session
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapters 1-2
Writing Assignment Chapter 1 due: Wednesday, September 4

Week 3: September 9
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 2
Vocabulary Online Exercise Chapters 1-2 due: Wednesday, September 11
Writing Assignment Chapter 2 due: Wednesday, September 11
Quiz Chapters 1-2 Friday, September 13

Week 4: September 16
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 3
Writing Assignment Chapter 3 due: Wednesday, September 18
Vocabulary Online Exercise Chapters 3-4 due: Friday, September 20

Week 5: September 23
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 4
Writing Assignment Chapter 4 due: Wednesday, September 25
Quiz Chapters 3-4 Friday, September 27

Week 6: September 30
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 5
Vocabulary Online Exercise Chapters 5-7 due: Monday, September 30
Writing Assignment Chapter 5 due: Wednesday, October 2
Course Paper 1 due: Friday, October 4

Week 7: October 7
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 6
Writing Assignment Chapter 6 due: Wednesday, October 9
Quiz Chapters 5-6 Friday, October 11

Week 8: October 14
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 7
Writing Assignment Chapter 7 due: Wednesday, October 16
Midterm (Chapters 1-6): Friday, October 18

Week 9: October 21
Fall Break: Monday, October 21 No class session
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 8
Vocabulary Online Exercise Chapters 8-10 due: Wednesday, October 23
Writing Assignment Chapter 8 due: Friday, October 25

Week 10: October 28
Quiz Chapters 7-8: Monday, October 28
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 9
Writing Assignment Chapter 9 due: Wednesday, October 30
Course Paper 2 due: Friday, November 1

Week 11: November 4
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 10
Writing Assignment Chapter 10 due: Wednesday, November 6
Quiz Chapters 9-10 Friday, November 8
Week 12: November 11
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 11
Vocabulary Online Exercise Chapters 11-13 due: Wednesday, November 13
Writing Assignment Chapter 11 due: Friday, November 15

Week 13: November 18
Quiz Chapter 11 Monday, November 18
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 12
Writing Assignment Chapter 12 due: Wednesday, November 20

Week 14: November 25
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 13
Thanksgiving: No class sessions on Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29

Week 15: December 2
Textbook Reading Assignment: Chapter 13
Quiz Chapters 12-13 Wednesday, December 4

Week 16: December 9
Course Paper 3 due: Monday, December 9
Review
Final Class Session Wednesday, December 11

Comprehensive Final Exam: Friday, December 13, 12:30-2:30 pm

Vocabulary Exercises:
These activities are to help you learn the vocabulary of the chapters. These online activities provide the
student with two "tries" to get all the answers correct. Students may use their textbook. The activity is
timed, so once started, students must work through until finished. Once completed it, the system will
allow students to see their performance scores. Students may then research anything missed and try
again.

Writing Assignments:
The Writing Assignments are to be answered in essay form. To determine how much to write for your
answers, consider the point value of each question as a guide. For instance, 10 point questions can be
satisfied with an essay that is a half page long, 20 points a full page, and so on. Please also keep in mind
that spelling and grammar will be considered as the essay is being graded. Errors will result in lower
scores. Other essay specifications include 1-inch margins, 12-point font, and double spaced text.

Course Papers:
There are three required papers for this course. These papers provide the student the opportunities to
explore the comparative topics of the various religions covered within this course while focusing on
either the Anthropological or the Religious aspects of those topics. Each paper will be worth 50 points
and will follow the same technical guidelines of the weekly writing assignments. Other requirements
will be provided when the papers are assigned.

Angel:
Students are expected to have access to:
Angel online learning system (available via the Evangel website)
Microsoft Word 2010 (available in the Evangel computer labs).
This course will utilize the Angel learning management system (directions on how to access
Angel and work the different parts within Angel can be found on the eUniversity Homepage
http://www.evangel.edu/euniversity/index.asp ).
The course syllabus with its corresponding course calendar will be posted on the Angel course
site.
All course grades will be recorded and shown through Angel. In our Angel course, go to the
Report tab to see your grades (Category dropbox, choose Grades, click Run).
Grades will be submitted to the Angel grade book (and graded copies - as needed - returned to
students) within 2 class sessions of the assignment due date or quiz date.
All of the course content is located under the Course Content tab within our Angel course.

Attendance:
Students are expected to be present for all classes unless specifically representing the University at a
pre-authorized event making it impossible to be present in class. If you are not present when
attendance is taken or an in-class quiz is given, you will be counted absent.

Once in class, students are expected to remain for the entire duration unless specifically approved prior
to the beginning of class. If a student leaves class early, a portion of their daily participation points may
be deducted. When, according to the professors attendance records, absences exceed 25% of the total
number of class sessions, the student may be dropped from the course with a WP or a WF grade.

Attendance will be factor in your final grade when your final average is on the borderline between two
grades. Attendance will be tracked on your student portal but it is your responsibility to keep track of
your own attendance.

Late Assignment/Missed Quiz Policy:
All assignments are due at the dates and times specified.
Please be proactive in your assignment preparation and submission!
If there are any difficulties in submitting an assignment, please email the professor immediately!

Random quizzes throughout the semester will test your class preparation. Quizzes may not be made up,
so be on time for class.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom (Laptops, cell phones, pagers, etc.):
The use of electronic devices in the classroom is intended to enhance the learning environment for all
students. Any use of technology that substantially degrades the learning environment, promotes
dishonesty or illegal activities is prohibited. Your laptop or other electronic device can become a
distraction to you and to those around you if it is not used for proper academic purposes. Proper
academic purposes include taking notes, following along with the instructor on PowerPoint, as well as
working on assigned in-class activities, projects, and discussions that require in-class laptop use.
Texting, Internet surfing, emailing, gaming and other such activities are not permitted in class and can
result in losing the privilege to bring devices to class.

Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during class unless extenuating circumstances are
discussed with the professor and approval to have the phone activated is given prior to class. It is
impermissible to answer telephones in class or to engage in text messaging at any time while class is in
session. Students who violate this rule will be counted absent for the class.

Evaluation:
Grades will be based on number of points accumulated by completing assignments, class participation,
quizzes and exams. Points accumulated will be divided by the total points available in the class to
determine a percentage. The grading will be based on the following:

Percent Grade Percent Grade
100-94% A 76-74% C
93-90% A- 73-70% C-
89-87% B+ 69-67% D+
86-84% B 66-64% D
83-80% B- 63-60% D-
79-77% C+ Below 60% F

Communications:

Student (what to do and know):
Email: Students should daily check their Evangel University Email account for any course
communications or reminders. (If there are technical questions, students may contact Evangel's
Information Technology HelpDesk at: http://www.evangel.edu/lnfo/HelpDesk.asp ).
ANGEL email:
As an alternate system, students can send email to the professor through ANGEL.

Emails to the professor should contain the following:
The subject line of any email should contain the course code, the student's name, and a
brief reason for the email.
The body of any email should contain proper grammar, punctuation, and be in complete
sentences.
Please be descriptive as to the reason for the email.

Office Hours: Office hours are posted outside the professors door. Students may make
appointments through the Social Science department secretary for a meeting during those office
hours.

Professor (what the student can expect):
Emails: All student emails will be answered within 24 hours of receipt.
Office Hours: The professor will be available during the prescribed office hours. Please contact
the Social Sciences Department secretary for scheduling an appointment.
Course Announcements: Any change in the course schedule will be posted in the
Announcements section of the Angel course homepage and/or on the classroom door the day of
the class change.

Final Course Grade and Incompletes:

At the end of the course, students will receive the final grade recorded in the ANGEL gradebook. No
incomplete grades will be granted. However, the final grade in ANGEL may be changed at a later time,
at the discretion of the instructor, if the student meets the specific guidelines below. All other grade
eventualities not listed under the change of grade provisions will be considered at the discretion of the
instructor.

Change of Grade Request:
The change of grade request will be granted only in cases of extreme hardship; such as student
hospitalization, family emergencies, or other such extenuating circumstances. Students do not have a
right to a change of grade, which may be granted only when there is evidence of just cause. A student
desiring a change of grade must submit a written appeal to the course professor at least two weeks
prior to the end of the term. In the appeal, the student must: (1) provide a rationale; (2) demonstrate
that he/she has been making a sincere effort to complete the assignments during the term; and (3)
explain how all the possibilities to complete the assignments on time have been exhausted. Should the
course professor agree, a change of grade contract will be prepared by the student and signed by both
the student and professor. The change of grade contract must contain a description of the work to be
completed and a timetable. The completion period should be the shortest possible. In no case may the
completion date extend beyond 30 days from the last day of the term. The change of grade contract will
accompany the submission of the professors final grade roster to the academic department and EU
Registrars offices. The academic department office will monitor each grade change contract. If a
change-of-grade form is not submitted by the scheduled completion date, the grade will not be
changed.

Academic Dishonesty:
Plagiarism or cheating (What can and will happen):
1. Community Alert up to and including Suspension
When incidents of academic dishonesty are reported to the Student Development Division, each
case is reviewed on an individual basis for possible disciplinary action above and beyond that
taken by the Academic Affairs Division. The Universitys policy on Academic Dishonesty, as
published in the 2002 Faculty Handbook, appears below in Section VI. Understanding Policies.
For further information, please go to the Evangel University website and the student handbook
located there.
(http://www.evangel.edu/CurrentStudents/StudentHandbook/Part2.asp#AcademicDishonesty).
2. Do your own work.
3. You may work together on assignments, but no mooching! Make sure your work is distinct.
4. Look alike assignments will be questioned and action taken as above.
5. Exams will tell the tale if you did your own work

Academic Support Center:
Evangel University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with
disabilities, as defined in Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you think you may qualify for
accommodations, notify your instructor and the Director of the Academic Support Center, Suite
Zimmerman 218, as soon as possible. Also, if you need extra assistance, the staff of the Academic
Support Center will assist you.

Free tutoring for classes in which you are enrolled and experiencing difficulty is provided by the Center.
Please contact the Tutor Coordinator in the Study Lounge, extension 8270, or walk-in appointment at
Zimmerman 217.

See the following for more information: http://www.evangel.edu/ASC/index.asp

ANGEL allows you, the student, to create a profile that describes your particular needs for accessing
online course material within the ANGEL environment (font size, font and background colors,
screen reader settings, etc.). If necessary, you can access an ACCLIP (Accessibility for Learning
Information Profile) and create, save or import other ACCLIP profiles.

Technical Support:
Angel questions? Your professor is your first level of support. Please contact them via email, chat, or
phone.

Technical questions? Please contact the Evangel University Information Technology HelpDesk:
http://www.evangel.edu/lnfo/HelpDesk.asp or at 417.865.2815 x8368. Help desk hours are 7:30 a.m. -
10 p.m. Monday-Friday, CST. All calls outside of these hours will be reviewed by the next shift.