Viewing: REL 311 : Introduction to the Old Testament

Last approved: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 08:01:01 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:13:42 GMT

Changes proposed by: n51ls801
Change Type
Major
REL (Religious Studies)
311
019229
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to Old Testament
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
38.0201
Religion/Religious Studies.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
William Adler
Distinguished University Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture9045YesOne of the two sections might be via DE.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC4545NoThis might be one of the two sections taught.
None

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16RELSTBAB. A. In Religious StudiesElective
16RSMMinor in Religious StudiesElective
Study of Old Testament books [=Hebrew Bible, HB], examining their content, background and development. Comparisons of the biblical material with other Ancient Near Eastern literature. Assessment of contributions from archaeology and literary studies for clarifying the text. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

No revisions. GEP-HUM review required.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
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:
 
 
Students will be able to analyze the contents, sources, genres, and historical settings of the books of the Hebrew Bible, and articulate the major historical events within ancient Israel.
 
 
Weekly discussion forums and exam questions. (Ex. The texts of the Hebrew Bible characterize the particular role of the prophets in the life of ancient Israel. Discuss the role the prophets played in various areas, such as domestic political concerns, international politics, religious matters, social commentary, or developing theological ideas.)
 
 
Students will be able to identify methodological issues that have arisen from attempts by scholars and non-scholars to interpret the Hebrew Bible as a document originating ancient Israel; and students will be able to evaluate those interpretations as putative sources of historical knowledge.
 
 
Weekly discussion forums, papers, and exam questions. (Ex. Describe what scholars mean when they refer to the “Deuteronomic History.” How does this collection of texts tell history? What are its major aims, and how do they correspond to contemporary notions of history?)
 
 
Students will be able to make academic arguments about the human experience using reasons and evidence for supporting those reasons that are appropriate to the humanities.
 
 
Weekly discussion forums, papers, and exam questions. [Ex. Identify how three of the following books understand foreign nations with respect to Israel, Yahweh, and Yahweh’s plans for the future: Joshua, Isaiah (1-39), Nahum, Jonah, and Esther. Then, compare and contrast those three views with one another. Argue whether these authors agree with one another, and whether their views can be reconciled to one another.]
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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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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:
 
 
Students will be able to analyze the contents, sources, genres, and historical settings of the books of the Hebrew Bible, and articulate the major historical events within ancient Israel.
 
 
Weekly discussion forums, papers, and exam questions. (Ex. In 1 Samuel 8, we see the transition of Israel from a confederacy to a monarchy. How does the author accomplish this transition theologically? Of what political ramifications does Samuel warn the Israelites?)
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 
Students will be able to describe the cultural-historical context in which the Hebrew Bible arose, as well as the development of ancient Israelite history.
 
 
Weekly discussion forums, papers, and exam questions. [Ex. After reading the Canaanite Ba’al Cycle, what parallels do you notice between portrayals of Ba’al (or El) and the portrayals of Yahweh in what you’ve encountered thus far in the Hebrew Bible? What differences are there?]
 
 

 
 

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
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
na
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
na
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
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)
 
none
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.
 
HarperCollins Study Bible—Student Edition (paperback ed.; HarperCollins, 2006), ISBN 0060786841, $33 new
Michael D. Coogan, A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context (2nd ed.; Oxford University Press, 2011), ISBN 0199830114, $55 new
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
none
This course is taught by Professor Adler and by other instructors as funding permits in line with departmental priorities and as negotiated with the college and university.

GEP suffices


Student Learning Outcomes

GEP suffices


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Attendance5Daily attendance
Participation5Class participation
Written Assignment252 @ 12.5 - Discovery papers
Multiple exams303 hourly exams (3 @ 10 each)
Final Exam20Final exam
Forum_post15Forum postings
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus for all 40 topics.0.33 weekSee syllabus.
GER>GEP Providing last approved information
Last approved syllabus 1990
No university approved GEP information found in records
Course description reviewed 2012

CIM notes:
16 weeks added as course length based on university standards
GEP attribute indicated
Course objectives added from last approved syllabus
Term offering and course delivery needed in CIM
Student learning outcomes needed in CIM
Grading/evaluation method needed in CIM
GEP outcomes and measures needed in CIM

Syllabus notes (review of last approved syllabus):
Syllabus Review based on the Syllabus Regulations page: https://policies.ncsu.edu/regulation/reg-02-20-07/

The following statements, which can be found at the above link, should be added to the syllabus: Integrity statement, Students with Disabilities statement, Electronic Components statement, and the Policies, Rules, and Regulations (PRRs) statement.

Please edit the syllabus to include the following:
Instructor information
Course info (credit hours, semester, etc.)
GEP category, outcomes, and measures
Requisites (indicate if there are none)
Student learning outcomes that are measurable
Any course expenses
Catalog description matching that in CIM
Any additional components such as labs
Projected schedule based on a 16 week semester
Safety and Risk statement (if there are no risks, indicate this with a statement)
Grading methods and scale
Late work policy per instructor
Attendance policy including excused absence criteria and number of acceptable absences along with any academic penalties

RLB 07/03/2018
aeherget (Wed, 24 Oct 2018 20:01:51 GMT): AECHH: Oct. 24, 2018 UCCC Meeting the members approved REL 311 pending that the following items are addressed within the next two weeks: - Elaboration and clarity regarding the grade penalty mentioned in the gender-inclusivity section of the syllabus. - Confirming with Dr. Despain that the "Course Learning Outcomes" are intended to be course objectives rather than student learning outcomes - if this is the case, the title should be changed to 'Course Objectives" in the syllabus. Members made the friendly suggestion to clarify the “contraband policy” in the syllabus to state that assisting devices for students with disabilities will be allowed and suggested indicating this and/or referencing the disability resource office statement provided directly beneath this statement. Members also made a friendly suggestion to clarify to provide clarity regarding the use of Wikipedia. Is the use of Wikipedia as a source prohibited or should students avoid using this website to find sources as well?
despain (Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:13:42 GMT): Gender inclusivity policy removed and "outcomes" changed to "objectives"; contraband policy edited to allow for accommodations. Wikipedia use for discovery paper seems clear. Updated syllabus added.
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