World Religion


  2. A. Course Title: World Religion
    B. Course Number: RE 113 - 10474
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Haycock, Susan
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: By Appointment The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends. It is recommended to use Canvas Email. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This is a survey course of the historical origins, beliefs, and current trends of major, contemporary, and world religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity will be included in this introductory course. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is considered a breadth course and fulfills a part of the general education requirement at New Mexico Junior College. It presents an introductory understanding of world cultural and historical religious thought and establishes a basis for further religious study.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.




    Experiencing The World's Religions, Michael Molloy. 6th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2013.
    ISBN: 978-1308582641


    The instructor will suggest additional websites, books, articles, and journals as the semester progresses.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    90 - 100% = A
    80 - 89% = B
    70 - 79% = C
    60 - 69% = D
    0 - 59% = F

    Class instruction will consist of class assigned textual reading, experiential learning, and discussion board interaction. The course will use supplemental research from Internet resources. Grading will be based on short (1-2 page) essay format writing assignments, multiple choice examinations, and class participation during scheduled discussion board postings.

    Specific Grading Policy:

    Fifteen Written Assignments:

    *Critical examinations in short essay format on assigned topics, 1-2 pages with a value of 100 points each.
    * Essays should not be plagiarized. They should consist of your own thoughts.
    *Essays information should not come from Wikipedia sources.
    *Essays should be written on a college writing level, i.e., punctuation, grammar.
    *I accept late work. Weekly written assignments will be deducted 10 points for each week that it is late. Assignments are due on Thursdays. After each Thursday that an assignment is late, 10 points are deducted. When completing your weekly assignments remember that more is better. The more you can write the more points you will earn. I ask that you not copy and paste from sources. Read, understand, and write in your own words.

    Two Exams, Including a Final Exam:

    The exams will consist of multiple choice questions derived from the assigned reading and/or research. An exam review guideline will be posted on the Main Course Menu one week prior to opening an exam. Each exam is worth 100 points.

    Three Specified Discussion Board Topics:

    Participation in Student/Instructor and Student/Student interactive discussion on assigned topics, general course questions and discussion. Each discussion is worth 100 points. You are expected to give substantive information in your posts.

    Write to carry the conversation forward with relevant information. This is our classroom so discuss as you would face to face.
    Give more than "I like your post" or "I agree with you." Tell why you agree or disagree, tell what you have learned, give past experiences. This helps to move the conversations forward.
    Demonstrate use of standard written English with respect to: organization, grammar, composition, punctuation, and construction.
    *I do not accept class discussions late. We are not face to face then we have to have discussions completed within the time that they are due.

    Overall Grade Evaluation:

    Written Assignments = 50% of the overall semester grade

    Exams = 25% of overall semester grade

    Discussion Board Postings = 25% of overall semester grade

    It is imperative that you log-in to class having read the assigned chapters. With such preparation, you will be able to relate to and/or identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.

    Additional Information and Specific Guidelines for the Written Assignments Will Be Available on the Course Menu. Exam reviews will become available one week prior to the exam date.

    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.

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    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior Colleges Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts.

    Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should be able to:

    1. Students should be able to analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)
    2. Students should be able to compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual).
    3. Students should be able to recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    4. Students should be able to draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery
    of the above.


    1. After completing this course the student should be able to:

    2. Define the key characteristics of Religion

    3. Analyze the origins and sources of religious practices

    4. Assess patterns among religions, i.e., views of the world, views of male and female, and the focus of beliefs and practices

    5. Identify the origins of Hinduism

    6. Discuss the religion of the Vedic Period

    7. Discuss the origins and key concepts of the Upanishads

    8. Define and discuss the Caste System in Hinduism

    9. Identify the Hindu Stages of Life

    10. Describe the Various Hindu Yogas

    11. Discuss the origins of Buddhism

    12. Identify and analyze the Three Marks of Reality in Buddhism

    13. Describe the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

    14. Compare and contrast Daoism and Confucianism

    15. Define the Confucian Virtues

    16. Discuss the origins of Judaism

    17. Describe the world of Patriarchs and Matriarchs

    18. Identify Moses and The Law

    19. Define Exile and Captivity of the Hebrew people

    20. Compare and contrast Jewish beliefs and practices

    21. Identify Christianity and its origins

    22. Discuss the life and teachings of Jesus

    23. Analyze the early Christian beliefs and history

    24. Indentify the influences on Christianity at the end of the Roman Empire

    25. Examine the essential teachings of Muhammad

    26. Discuss the Five Pillars of Islam

    27. Discuss the Shiite and Sunni division within Islam

    28. Describe Islamic law and its legal institutions

    28. Discuss the origins and practices of Scientology


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    The instructor will respond to student e-mail within 24 hours on week days and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This is a Tentative Outline and Can Be Changed at the Discretion of the Professor.

    Module Zero: due 1/20 by noon (12:00pm)


    Week 1: Introduction - What is Religion? How Does Religion Shape Our View of the World?
    Assignment 1 due 1/26

    Week 1: Hinduism
    Assignment 2 due 1/26

    Week 2: Hinduism Continued, Buddhism
    Assignment 3 due 2/2

    Week 2: Buddhism Continued
    Assignment 4 due 2/9

    Week 3: Buddhism Continued
    Assignment 5 due 2/16

    Week 3: Daoism and Confucianism
    Assignment 6 due 2/23

    Week 4: Daoism and Confucianism Continued
    Assignment 7 due 3/2

    Week 4: Judaism
    Assignment 8 due 3/9

    Week 5: Judaism Continued
    Assignment 9 due 3/16

    Week 5: Christianity
    Assignment 10 due 3/23

    Week 6: Christianity Continued
    Assignment 11 due 4/6

    Week 6: Christianity Continued
    Assignment 12 due 4/13

    Week 7: Islam
    Assignment 13 due 4/20

    Week 7: Islam Continued
    Assignment 14 due 4/27

    Week 8: Scientology
    Assignment 15 due 5/4


    Discussion One:
    due (on-going discussion)4/27

    Discussion Two:
    due 2/23

    Discussion Three:
    due 3/23


    due 3/23

    due 5/3