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Last approved: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:00:34 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:56:20 GMT

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REL (Religious Studies)
598
032588
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Special Topics in Religious Studies
Special Topics in Rel Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Upon Demand
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
1-6
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Independent Study1
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Yes
2
 
 
12
William Adler, Anna Bigelow, Jason Bivins, Mary Kathleen Cunningham, Levi McLaughlin
Professor of Religious Studies
assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Independent Study51Yesdifferent instructors or different topics would typically require different sections
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Detailed investigation of selected topics in religion. Topics determined by faculty members in consultation with head of the department. Course may be used for individualized study programs. Students cannot receive credit for both REL 498 and REL 598 unless the topic is different.

An external review of the department (Fall 2015) recommended increased offerings as permitted by existing resources for graduate students. In a post-review meeting with the Provost and Senior Vice Provost, the recommendation was favorably received. The department had already agreed with the Dean of H&SS to increase its offerings to graduate students, and during the past two years has introduced eight "piggy back" versions of existing REL 4XX level courses. (REL 598 is not being proposed as a "piggy back" version of any existing REL course and is thus not being proposed as a "piggy back" version of REL 498. Nonetheless, the restriction in the catalog description is needed.)


Religious Studies faculty have been asked by graduate students to work with them on topics of mutual interest, topics not covered in the same way by any existing REL graduate course. Creating this course would allow faculty and students to receive the appropriate kinds of credit for the work entailed. Creating this course would therefore be a natural complement to the graduate courses already created.


No new resources are required for offering REL 598: enrollments will be not be so large as to impose an excessive burden on the instructor and the instructors welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students on topics of mutual interest.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No new resources are required for offering REL 598: enrollments will be not be so large as to impose an excessive burden on the instructor and the instructors welcome the opportunity to work with graduate students on topics of mutual interest.

Generic, non-topic-specific goals would be characteristic of the discipline:


Students will demonstrate:


·      an awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of religious perspectives;


·      an ability to think and write critically about religion;


·      an ability to apply various analytical methods as part of the academic study of religion.


-all at levels appropriate for graduate students.


Student Learning Outcomes

These must be topic-specific.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Major Paper80See sample syllabus
Other20Abstract and Annotated Bibliography for paper
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
The Special Topic(s)12 weeksMajor term paper
Abstract and Annotated Bibliography4 weeksAbstract and Annotated Bibliography
mlnosbis 2/23/2018:
1) The way the course is currently presented says it is variable 1-6, students can take it twice, but the maximum number of credits allowed is 6. So, if a student takes it once for 6 credits, they will not be able to take it a second time. Change the max allowed credits to 12 if you want to allow a student to take this more than once.
2) On the syllabus, what is listed as Student Learning Outcomes should really be called "goals" since those are the broad goals for the special topics course.
3) Reviewers should note that the attached syllabus is a "shell" syllabus for special topics. This is okay.

cohen 2/26/2018:
I have no further suggestions in addition to Melissa's.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
- Suggestion: Because this course is meant to establish an independent study section for both UG and GRAD, I would recommend that rubrics for grading be included in the syllabus in addition to grade percentages (20% biblio / 80% paper) and “goals.” Although this addition is not essential, rubrics would help ensure that faculty supervisors are using the same criteria to assess student work across levels and semesters.
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