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    YORK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

    DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES AP/HUMA 1860 6.00

    THE NATURE OF RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION TERM Y SECTION A

    Course Director: Dr. Jason C. Robinson Y: Fall/Winter 2014-2015

    Office: 126 Founders College Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment

    Email: jasonro@yorku.ca Class Time: Tuesday 4:30-6:30

    Classroom: Curtis Lecture Halls (CLH) C

    Tutorial Leaders and Times

    Type Day

    Start

    Time Duration

    Location Instructor

    LECT 01 T 4:30pm 120

    CLH C Jason Robinson jasonro@yorku.ca

    TUTR 01 T 7:00pm 60

    ACE 012 Jason Robinson jasonro@yorku.ca

    TUTR 02 T 7:00pm 60

    SC 220 Cristiana Conti menrua19@yorku.ca

    TUTR 03 T 7:00pm 60

    SC 223 Irfaan Jaffer irfaanjaffer@gmail.com

    TUTR 04 T 8 :00pm 60

    ACE 012 Cristiana Conti menrua19@yorku.ca

    TUTR 05 T 8:00pm 60

    BC 325 Irfaan Jaffer irfaanjaffer@gmail.com

    TUTR 06 T 8:00pm 60

    MC 215 Janet Melo-Thaiss janetmt@yorku.ca

    Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course Course credit exclusions: AP/HUMA 1865 6.00, AP/HUMA 2800 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014), AP/SOSC 2600 9.00 (prior to Fall 2014). PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Course credit exclusions: AK/HUMA 1860 6.00, AS/HUMA 2800 9.00, AS/SOSC 2600 9.00. Camtasia Recording This course may incorporate audio and video recording through Camtasia. Such recording is meant to capture the audio and video of the course director but there may be unintentional recording from other sources, e.g., loud voices in the audience. Camtasia recordings are made for distribution to York University students only.

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    Table of Contents Course Calendar Description ......................................................................................................................................3

    Course Overview ....................................................................................................................................................3 Learning Objectives ....................................................................................................................................................3

    Learning Outcomes.................................................................................................................................................3 Performance Expectations .....................................................................................................................................4

    Evaluation ...................................................................................................................................................................5 Required Texts ............................................................................................................................................................6

    Text Editions ...........................................................................................................................................................6 About the Readings ................................................................................................................................................6 Moodle ...................................................................................................................................................................7

    Schedule of Dates, Readings, and Assignments .........................................................................................................7 Performance Expectations ...................................................................................................................................... 11

    Dual Character of Course .................................................................................................................................... 11 Tutorials ................................................................................................................................................................... 11

    Tutorial Participation ........................................................................................................................................... 12 Why Tutorials and Tutorial Participation?........................................................................................................... 13

    Essays ....................................................................................................................................................................... 13 Submission ........................................................................................................................................................... 13 Late Submissions ................................................................................................................................................. 14 Format ................................................................................................................................................................. 14 The Role of Quotations in Essays ........................................................................................................................ 15 Essential elements that should be present in all papers: .................................................................................... 15 Essay Topics ......................................................................................................................................................... 16 Basic Essay Structure ........................................................................................................................................... 17

    What is a Research Paper? .............................................................................................................................. 18 Why Write a Research Paper? ......................................................................................................................... 18

    Plagiarism ............................................................................................................................................................ 18 Online Exam ............................................................................................................................................................. 19

    Technical Problems: ............................................................................................................................................ 19 Alternative Assignments .......................................................................................................................................... 20 Other Course Related Information .......................................................................................................................... 20

    Class Cancellations .............................................................................................................................................. 22 What is in a Grade? ................................................................................................................................................. 23

    York Grading Scheme .......................................................................................................................................... 23 Definitions of Grading Descriptions .................................................................................................................... 23 Grading ................................................................................................................................................................ 24 Re-grading ........................................................................................................................................................... 24 Grade Appeal Timeline ........................................................................................................................................ 24 Grade Appeal Procedure ..................................................................................................................................... 25 Grades Release Dates (Grade Reports and Transcripts) ..................................................................................... 25 York ...................................................................................................................................................................... 25

    York as a Secular University ..................................................................................................................................... 25

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    Course Calendar Description Explores the nature of religious faith, religious language (myth and symbol) and clusters of religious beliefs through an examination of the primary texts of several major world religions. Methodologies for the study of religion will also be examined.

    Course Overview

    This course is a critical study, based on classical and contemporary readings, of such issues as: the basis of religious claims, the meaning of religious discourse, the relationship between faith and reason, the nature