What is Religion?

Fall 1997: Albright College

Alan Humm
Home Phone: 352-1695
Albright Office: 921-7760
Penn Office: 215/898-1597
Office: Chapel Basement
Office Hours: 11:00-12:00 MWF, 11:00-11:30 TR, by appointment

Required Textbooks:

William Tremmel, Religion: What is it?
James Michener, The Source
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Exams and Requirements:

We will have a very short evaluation every other week. Sometimes it will be take home, sometimes a brief response paper, sometimes it will be a quiz in class. Evaluation day is normally Wednesday. Those grades will together represent 40% of your final grade. The final exam will also be 30% of your grade. Another 30% will come from a paper that you prepare for the class, and then rewrite for me. I will also reward you for class participation (but not detract for shyness). There will be a makeup available for each quiz, but you may use the makeup option only once without a valid excuse. I will allow you to retake one failed quiz by doing the makeup -- but only if you took the main version -- you may not make up a failed makeup.

This class will be computer intensive. There will be materials 'on line' that I want you to use, and we will spend some time early in the semester learning to use them. You will each need an e-mail account.

The papers are medium length (~7-10 pages). The specific topics are of you own choosing, but should be related to the course. We will be talking about this more in class. Feel free to ask for suggestions if nothing seems to present itself to you.

Office Policy:

Office hours are 'drop in' format - you do not need an appointment. If you need to contact me other than during my office hours, please feel free to call me at my office, at home, or at my office at the University of Pennsylvania. (Do not call after 10:00 p.m.). I can also arrange to be in my Albright office at a time convenient for both of us -- do not hesitate to make an appointment with me if you feel that you need to see me.

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Last Modified Sept. 11, 1997
by Alan Humm