Syllabus

Month
Dates
Topics/Readings
Assignments/Notes
Feb 12 Introduction to the Course  
  14 What is Religion? - 1.1, 1.4

Debate Topic Choice due Thurs, Feb 14 (in class)

  19   Orientation Quiz: Tues, Feb 19
  21 Religious Experience - 4.1, 4,4, 4.5 Debate Contract due Thurs, Feb 21
Last day to drop with a full refund: Fri, Feb 22
  26   First Reflection Paper due Tues, Feb 26
  28 Who/What is God? - 2.3, 2.4  
 March 4 Debate 1 - "Does God Have Absolute Knowledge of the Future?"
  6 Review for the first exam Last day to drop with "NG": Fri, March 7
  11

First Exam (bring pencil/pen and clean-edged lined paper or bluebook)

 

  13 The Beginnings of the Universe - 3.3, 3.4  
  18    
  20 Debate 2 - "Does the Theory of Evolution Explain the Origins of Humanity?
  25 Miracles - 10.5, 10.6  Second Reflection Paper due Tues, March 25
  27  no class  
April 1 Debate 3 - "Can Evil Exist and There Still Be a God?"
  3 God, Karma and Evil - 5.6, 5.7  
  8 - 10
Spring Break Holiday
  15 Debate 4 - "Can Morality Exist Without Religion?"
  17 Divine Command Morality - 6.3
Review for Second Exam
 
  22

Second Exam (bring pencil/pen and clean-edged lined paper or bluebook)

  24 Religion and Social Justice - 6.5, 6.6  
  29 Debate 5 - "Is War Ever Justified?"
 May 1 Religion as Social Construct - 10.1, 10.2  
  6   Third Reflection Paper due Tues, May 6
  8 Debate 6 - "Does Religious Commitment Improve Mental Health?"
      Last day to drop with "W": Fri, May 9
  13 Life After Death - 7.3, 7.5, 7.6  
  15    
  20 Debate 7 - "Is There Only One Way to Receive Salvation?"
  22 Attitudes Toward Religious Diversity - 11.1, 11.2  
  27 Religion and Rationality - 9.7  
  29 Review for Third Exam  
June 3
Third Exam (bring pencil/pen and clean-edged lined paper or bluebook)
  5   Fourth Reflection Paper due Thurs, June 5

 

Points/Grade Scale: A = 350 - 315 (90%) B = 314 - 280 (80%)
C = 279 - 227 (65%) D = 226 - 187 (50%)

 

Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Shadish Office: SOCS 213B/310-660-3763
Email: eshadish@elcamino.edu  
 Office Hours: TTh, 8:00 - 9:30; W, 4 - 6 pm through "instant email"