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Global Religious Movements
RLGN-340

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course examines modern religious movements, with focus upon the major world religions. Particular attention is given to the historical development, beliefs, and practices of the major world religions as well as a comparative analysis of various religious beliefs.

Requisites

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

In this global age, students will encounter adherents of other religious movements. This course is designed to inform the students of the beliefs of these religions and to equip them to respond as followers of Jesus Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical/geographical development of major world religions.
  2. Explain the beliefs of these religious movements.
  3. Compare the beliefs of these religious movements.
  4. Evaluate beliefs of each religion by the Scriptures.
  5. Develop a presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ for an adherent of one of these religions, while incorporating at least one belief of the religion to help the adherent understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Course Resources

Click on the following link to view the required resource(s) for the term in which you are registered: Liberty University Online Bookstore.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The thread must be at least 250–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Claims in the thread must be well-supported with material from the Wilson textbook and the Scriptures, in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150–300 words. (MLO: B, C, D)

Proposed Interview Questions

The student will propose 5–10 open-ended interview questions to be used when he/she interviews a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, to learn the interviewee’s beliefs, personal testimony, and religious practices. (MLO: B)

Response Paper Bibliography

The student will submit a bibliography in current Turabian format containing at least 5 outside sources that he/she plans to use in the Response Paper, consistent with Liberty’s standard for scholarly sources, and the 2 textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Interview Paper

The student will interview a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, and report on the interview in a 5-to-7-page paper in current Turabian format. Insights from the analysis of the interview will be incorporated into the final Response Paper. The interview questions and notes on the interview must be included as appendices of the paper. (MLO: B)

Response Paper

The student will write a 10-to-12-page paper in current Turabian format on his/her response to a follower of a global religion other than Christianity, and whom the student interviewed for the Interview Paper. The paper will be a report of the common and contrasting features of Christianity and the religion of the interviewee, and a strategy for communicating with the interviewee how the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the answer to the sins and suffering of humanity. The content of the paper must be supported by data from the interview and research from at least 5 outside resources and the 2 textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material assigned up to and for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour-and-15-minute time limit. The student will have the option to take each quiz twice; if the quiz is attempted a second time, only the second quiz score will be recorded. (MLO: A, B, C)

Course Grading

Points

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 100 pts ea)

400

Proposed Interview Questions

50

Response Paper Bibliography

50

Interview Paper

200

Response Paper

200

Quizzes (4 at 25 pts ea)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

RLGN 340

Textbooks: Robinson & Rodrigues, World Religions: A Guide to the Essentials (2014).

Wilson, Unparalleled: How Christianitys Uniqueness Makes It Compelling (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Robinson & Rodrigues: chs. 1–2

Wilson: Introduction, chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1 Thread

10

0

*

2

Robinson & Rodrigues: chs. 3–4

Wilson: Review Introduction, chs. 1–2

1 presentation

DB Forum 1 Replies

Quiz 1

100

25

3

Robinson & Rodrigues: ch. 5

Wilson: chs. 3–5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Thread

Proposed Interview Questions

*

50

4

Robinson & Rodrigues: chs. 6–7

Wilson: Review chs. 3–5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 Replies

Response Paper Bibliography

Quiz 2

100

50

25

5

Robinson & Rodrigues: chs. 8–9

Wilson: chs. 6–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Thread

*

6

Robinson & Rodrigues: ch. 10

Wilson: Review chs. 6–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3 Replies

Interview Paper

Quiz 3

100

200

25

7

Robinson & Rodrigues: ch. 11

Wilson: chs. 9–10, Conclusion

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 Thread

Response Paper

*

200

8

Robinson & Rodrigues: ch. 12

Wilson: Review chs. 9–10, Conclusion

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 Replies

Quiz 4

100

25

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

*Each Discussion Board Forum will be completed over the course of 2 modules/weeks.

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.