Assignments (the due dates for the assignments appear on the calendar below):
Formal Papers (3)
should be 5-6 pages each, 12 point font, and double-spaced. Youwill be given the topics for these papers a little more than a week before they are due.
There will be a quiz on the basic background and concepts at the end of each tradition discussed.
Informal Writing (3):
There will be three informal writing assignments of 2 pages (12 point font, double spaced) each. These will not be graded with a letter grade, but will be given a check +, check, or check -. There will be no topic given for theseassignments. The student should engage the texts we will be reading. The assignmentshould be broken up into two paragraphs. The first paragraph should summarizesomething in the readings which you found interesting, and the second paragraphshould offer your own critical thoughts on this. These assignments can be handed in atany time, but there can be only one handed in per unit. (The course consists of sixunits).
Attendance will be taken at every class, and failure to attend classwill be reflected in your participation grade. Four or more unexcused absences mayresult in a warning slip. Six or more unexcused absences may result in an “F” for thecourse.
Enlightened participation is expected during class sessions, and isa significant portion of the final grade. Of course, this means that keeping up with thereadings is critical!
Grading:Formal Papers50%Quizzes 25%Informal Writing & Class Participation 25%Other Course Activities:
There will be a few out-of-class activities. Participation is hoped for at these events, butis not mandatory. I will try to arrange one or two field trips to religious centers, and oneor two movies with themes relevant to the course.
The following books have been ordered for purchase at the Ursinus bookstore. Theyshould all be available through on-line retailers, as well, if you prefer.Endo, Sushako.
New York: New Directions, 2002, ISBN: 081121320X.Esack, Farid.
On Being a Muslim.
Oxford: Oneworld Publishing, 1999,ISBN: 1851681469.Esposito, John, et al.
World Religions Today.
, New York: OxfordUniversity Press, ISBN: 0195176995.