REL 402 - World's Living Religions

Essays


Essays should preferably be prepared using MS-Word, and submitted to the Safe-Assign Inboxes on the Blackboard site for the course

Essays should be from one to three pages in length, consisting of material relevant to the topic. They should not consist of material cut-and-pasted from encyclopedias, on-line crib sites, or other material not of your own writing.

This is an Upper-level course, for which there is a requirement that the student demonstrates the ability to exercise critical thinking. When reading the material, or listening to a presentation, ask yourself

  • What is the author saying?
  • What is the author NOT saying?
  • What is the probable agenda of the author?
  • How reliable is the material?
  • Does the author make a good case for his/her position?

Go here for links to online helps for Critical Thinking and other resources for writing Papers and Essays.

Go here for some student essays from previous semesters

Work which indicates a Breach of Academic Integrity will result in a grade of "F".

If you need help in writing Essays, please contact the Writing Workshop, which is free for all students at ENMU.

Due Dates are given on the Assignments Page.

 

Essay No.Topic
1 An essay in which you tell me what you would like to get out of this course.
2 Choose one of the spiritual aids used in Judaism, use it for at least three days, and write a reflection paper upon your experience
(see Notes on Reflection Papers)
OR
Write an account of your visit to a Synagogue. This should be a recent visit, within the past year
(see Visiting other Faith Communities)
3 Choose one of the spiritual aids used in Christianity, use it for at least three days, and write a reflection paper upon your experience
(see Notes on Reflection Papers)
OR
Write an account of your visit to a Church which is of a different tradition to ones with which you are familiar. This should be a recent visit, within the past year
(see Visiting other Faith Communities)
4 Choose one of the spiritual aids used in Islam, use it for at least three days, and write a reflection paper upon your experience.
(see Notes on Reflection Papers)
OR
Write an account of your visit to a Mosque. Unless you are a Moslem, you should not join in the worship, but meet the worshippers and talk to them. This should be a recent visit, within the past year
(see Visiting other Faith Communities)
5 Choose one of the spiritual aids used in Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, or a Native American religion, use it for at least three days, and write a reflection paper on your experience.
(see Notes on Reflection Papers)
OR
Write an account of your visit to a Hindu, Sikh, Jain, or Buddhist temple, or a Shinto shrine if there is one in your area. You are not required to join in the worship, but to meet the worshippers and talk to them.
(see Visiting other Faith Communities)
OR
Write an account of your visit to a Native American religious ceremony if you have been able to attend one.
OR
Write an essay on "A Day in the Life of a Buddhist Monk"

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