Untitled

Web Schedules

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

One Credit Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

No Cost Textbook/Resources Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

Low Cost Textbook/Resources Courses

Fall 2024
Spring 2024
Summer 2024

Course Planning by Program

2024-25

Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus


Revision Date: 02-Jul-24
 

Fall 2024 | PHI-2010-VO01 - Comparative Religion


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 14 (as of 07-21-24 3:05 PM)
To check live space availability, Search for Courses.

Faculty

Nancy Thompson
View Faculty Credentials
View Faculty Statement
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Introduces and compares such major religions as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Students study mythical, ethical, and cultic aspects of these religions through reading and discussion of both sacred writings and literature of religious commentary.


Essential Objectives

1. Trace the history and mythological origins of the world's major religions.
2. Interpret the stories, myths, and scriptures associated with the world’s religions.
3. Compare the beliefs, ethical teachings, and rituals of selected religions.
4. Examine the role religion plays in individual lives and in the global community.
5. Analyze the ways in which the world’s religions connect and conflict through their histories, beliefs, and practices.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources


*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

PHI-2010-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

  • group discussions
  • interactive projects and/or activities
  • multimedia resources
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-based research

Evaluation Criteria

Your grade is based on the following:

Weekly work: 70%

Learning project: 30%.

Weekly work

Weekly points, which account for 70% of your grade, are tied to the number and timeliness and development of postings. weekly work.

Weekly work and deadlines:

Each week you will raise at least one discussion question on the week's topic. Your discussion questions for the week are due no later than Thursdays at 11:59 p.m.

You will respond each week to the discussion questions of two classmates. The first response is due no later Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Each week we will have at least two topic discussions (no more than 3). Your replies to the topic questions due by Fridays at 11:59 p.m. Replies to classmates are due by Sundays at 11:59 pm.

Work posted on Mondays or later is not graded, nor do I respond to it. Mondays are your day off to prepare for the coming week, and my day to work on assessments and grading.

Development of weekly work:

Reading responses should be well developed essays that contain plentiful examples, cited where appropriate, that show clear comprehension of the text material.

Weekly discussion questions are your chance to learn about the week's focus, the texts, topics, or anything related to the topic. Please do not use discussion questions to "quiz" classmates; instead, use them to further your learning. Everyone should have regular questions about the religions; religion is a complex topic.

Your responses to classmates' discussion questions should be well developed and more than "I agree!" or "Great question!" The purpose of engaging with classmates is to explain why you agree or disagree, to help answer the classmate's questions, to offer some source possibilities, and so on.

Topic responses should contain specific examples that show understanding of the resource. Feel free to include questions in topic responses.

Citation: Please remember that, when using outside sources of any kind, the use of the source MUST be documented with BOTH in text citations and full end citations. Lack of adequate citation = plagiarism. Please be certain as well to cite specific quotes from the texts.

To earn full points, be active and prompt (meet deadlines). Develop your work, use examples, raise questions, reply to classmates, and do not plagiarize.

Learning project:

The learning project can earn 0 (not submitted;; plagiarized) to 30 (well developed) points. The learning project options are described in detail in our course site. Learning projects are expected to be thorough, focused on a main idea, supported by evidence from college-credible sources, structurally correct, correctly formatted in MLA format, and correctly cited in MLA format throughout with no plagiarism. Projects are graded on those criteria and on timeliness. To pass the course, you must earn at least 18 points on the project (a D-).


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

Introduction to Religion and Ancient Religions

  

Start reading Touching the Elephant. We will discuss it in week 13, but you can use what you have read throughout the course each week.

Introduction and Context (Definitions of religion and examples of ancient religions)

Read Point of Departure and chapter 9 (the primal religions) in Smith.
Read and view the resources in the week 1 module.

  

1. Please introduce yourselves by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. What would you like us to know about you? What drew you to the class?.

  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.:

Question a) What are three important characteristics you are discovering aboutancient religions?
Question b) In what ways was it useful for ancient rulers (emperors, pharaohs, kings) to claim that s/he was a god or related in some way to a god?

Please be sure to cite sources with both in text citations and full end (Works Cited) citations.

 

2

Hinduism

  

Read to page 41 in Smith.
Read the first 9 chapters of the Bhagavadgita:https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/(Links to an external site.)
Read and view the resources in the week 2 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) From your reading so far, do you think Hinduism's world view is an essentially optimistic or pessimistic one, and why?
    b) There is a conflict in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita. How would you describe it; what might be an example of a similar conflict today? How might Hindu thought resolve this conflict?
 

3

Hinduism

  

Read to page 75 in Smith.
Read the remaining 9 chapters of theBhagavadgita.

Read and view the resources in the week 3 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) Of the paths toward liberation that Krishna stresses in theBhagavad Gita, which do you find most appealing/interesting and why?
    b) Realizing Brahman means moksha or liberation from the world of samsara. Look up some information about culture and economics in India. If you were an Indian Hindu, would challenges might you anticipate in realizing Brahman? How would living your dharma be different from moksha; would you anticipate challenges in living your dharma?
 

4

Sikhism and Jainism.

  

Read Appendix on Sikhism in Smith (p. 75)
Read and view the resources in the week 4 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) How do you think the Jain view of karma compares to Hinduism’s view; what might this reflect about the religion and its adherents ?
    b)How would you sum up Sikhism's spiritual goal?
    c) Sikhism condemns blind rituals. Why do you think that Sikhism does not see its ceremonies or the wearing of the Khalsa physical articles as blind ritual? Would Sikhism see anything in Hinduism or Jainism as blind ritual?
 

5

Theravada, Mahayana and Zen Buddhism.

  

Read chapter III in Smith.
Read theDhammapada(chapter 1 begins on page 23:http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/scrndhamma.pdf(Links to an external site.))
See “The Buddha” PBS documentary (posted in class)

Read and view the resources in the week 5 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) As you read theDhammapada, what do you learn about the human mind? What benefits do you think people might gain from better controlling their minds? b) Explain how any scene or scenes from the documentary gave you a new insight into Buddhism.
 

6

Confucianism, Daoism and Shinto

  

Read Chapter IV and V in Smith.
Read theDao De Jingand theAnalects of Confucius

Dao de Jing:http://www.with.org/tao_te_ching_en.pdf(Links to an external site.)

Analects:http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.mb.txt(Links to an external site.)

Read and view the resources in the week 6 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a)According to Confucius, all men are alike by nature, but differences in education and environment make them unequal. Thus, if all men are alike by nature, then everyone has the potential to become a sage or a chun-tzu. Reaching sagehood is not easy; even Confucius did not regard himself as a sage. What does Confucius think makes someone a sage; who might be an example of someone Confucius would acknowledge as a sage? b) How does the yin-yang symbol give us an insight into Daoism's main ideas? c) Do a little online research and discover the answers to one of these questions (and inform us): Women were not allowed to worship at Okinoshima; why do you think that was? How do the rites of thanksgiving that Shinto priests perform inside the temples differ from the rites of thanksgiving that common people perform outside the temple? How is sacred space created in Shinto? What are the mythic origins of Izumo, and what might they represent? How does the appearance/structure of Izumo differ from the appearance/structure of Ise, and why does it differ?
 

7

Judaism

  

Read Chapter VII in Smith this week and next.
Read the Book of Exodus:https://biblehub.com/jps/exodus/1.htm(Links to an external site.)

Read and view the resources in the week 7 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) As you look at the links and do the readings this week, how do you think Judaism compares and contrasts with other religions we've examined so far?
    b)Taking into consideration that this is a Bronze Age text for a relatively newly formed religion at that time, what themes and concerns emerge from the Book of Exodus?
 

8

Judaism

  

View the videos and read the web page in the module. This video is almost two hours, so you might want to start early:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuyN7hoVZmU

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.:a) Do some research on the Jewish Diaspora. When did it begin?How did it contribute to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948?
    b) Given that many religions have come and gone in the history of the world, what characteristics do you think have enabled Judaism to survive?
 

9

Christianity

  

Read Chapter VIII in Smith this week and next
View the video in the module. The video is 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if you want to start early, here is the link:How Jesus Became God - UCC Part 1 of 3

Read the Gospel of Lukehttp://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/luke-asv.html(Links to an external site.)and the Gospel of John:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=NIV

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.:a) As you read through Smith, do you think Jesus accepted or rejected the traditional God of the Jews? Why? Be specific; use evidence to support your answer.
    b) How does John portray Jesus; what do John's themes and defining characteristics of the gospel seem to be?How would you characterize the Gospel of Luke; in what important ways is in different from John’s gospel? Use at least one source to support your view.
 

10

Christian Schisms

  

Read and view the resources in the week 10 module including Luther's "The Twofold Use of the Law and Gospel":https://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/luther/lawgosp.htm

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) As you read about the Protestant Reformation/Great Schism in Christianity, do you think that there is any longer something called "Christianity"? Or, are there many different religions all of which look to Christ as a savior? Why do you think what you think?
    b) What effects, long term or short term, have stemmed from Luther's ideas and the Protestant Reformation?
 

11

Islam

  

Read Chapter VI in Smith this week .
Read and view the resources in the week 11 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.:

a) What 3 things surprise you as you learn about Islam?
b) Islam is a rapidly growing religion in America and other Western countries. Why do you think that might be?

WE ARE ON BREAK NEXT WEEK>

 

12

Sufism

  

Please use the resources in the week 12 module.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

a) Sufi instructor Gregory Soden said the following in an interview:"Sufism is an Islamic discipline. Alevi-Bektashis are currently debating whether to proclaim ourselves a separate religion, as that is our status in Albania and Kosovo. Our situation is difficult in Turkey because the Sunni fundamentalist establishment is reluctant to recognize our Islam. But we are millions, cannot all be killed, and are not going away." (Schwartz, Stephen S. "Replies to questions about Sufism...."Center for Islamic Pluralism, 22 Apr 2017).

What reasons can you think of for both arguments: That Sufism is a separate religion from Islam, and that Sufism is simply a practice within Islam? Refer to Christianity and/or Judaism within your answer.

b) Why might conservative Muslims have a problem with Sufism?

 

13

Pulling it all together

  

By now you need to have read Touching the Elephant. We are discussing it in its entirety this week.

  
  1. Please raise a discussion question by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and reply to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post for each by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.: a) Over the course of the semester, you have been readingTouching the Elephant, which presents some of the ideas that religions share. Now that we have looked at many different religions, do you agree or disagree? Do you see any other shared values; if so, what do you notice? b) After reading the book and thinking about these various religions, would you argue that they help bind us more or divide us more?

REMINDER: Remember that your learning project is due next week

 

14

Learning Project and synthesis

  

The learning projects of two classmates.

  

a)After you post your learning project to the drop box (so that I can grade it-- that step is important), please post it to the learning project discussion as an attachment.Both are due Tuesday, December 13, by 11:59 pm.By Saturday at 11:59 p.m., please respond to the projects of two classmates in detail. This should be a conversation. Ask questions about ideas expressed in the project; point out strengths; comment on how the writer might have strengthened the project (what would you have liked to see included, for example? Where might more evidence have been helpful?) You are graded here only on your responses to peers. "Great job!" is not a substantive response; be detailed and thoughtful, please.

b) Please respond to the following questions by Friday at 11:59 p.m. and at least one classmate's post by Sunday at 11:59 p.m: What is the most important concept you have gained from the class? In what practical ways can you use what you learned in the class in other aspects of your life (work, home, school)?

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.


Participation Expectations

Our weekly discussions are located in each week's module. Each discussion forum will have a variety of threads set up. To post, reply to the threads I have set up. One thread will always be for problems you might be experiencing in the week . You can also ask questions there to clarify any tasks for the week.

All of your weekly participation takes place in the discussion threads. Please do not email me your assignments. You will only receive credit for work posted in class.

Each week, you are required to post a discussion question related to the week's topic and/or information from readings and resources by Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

You are required to respond to the questions of at least two classmates by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

You are required to post a response to the week's topic questions (Questions A and B, and very occasionally C) by Fridays at 11:59 p.m.

You are required to post a response to at least one classmate's topic response in each topic discussion by Sundays at 11:59 p.m.

Please see Module 0 for a sample topic response that would receive full points for development and citation.



Missing & Late Work Policy

Each week's work has due dates. All work must be complete, even if submitted late, by Sunday of each week at 11:59 p.m. Work loses one point for each day it is late through Sunday. Work posted on Mondays or in the subsequent week is not considered for a grade, and I do not respond to it. The learning project can be submitted up to two days late. It will receive a 10% late penalty per day. After two days, the learning project will not be graded and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.


Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.