SYLLABUS - PROGRAM OF THE COURSE


RELIGIOUS STUDIES 304, SECTION 500

HUMANITIES 304, SECTION 500

RELIGIOUS STUDIES: INDIAN AND ORIENTAL RELIGIONS

Room - Halb 104

TR 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2008c - Fall 2008 - 1st Semester 2008-2009

Richard W. STADELMANN

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TEXTS

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HWR..............NOSS, David S., A History of the World's Religions, 10th ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Inc, Simon & Shuster / A Viacom Company, c.1999, 1994, (ISBN 0-13-010532-5) (hardback)


UPAN..............The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal, Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans.,(Mentor Book), New York: New American Library, c. 1975 (paperback)


BGIT..............The Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God, Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., Aldous Huxley, Intro.,(Mentor Book), New York: New American Library, c. 1972 (paperback)


BUD...............The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, E.A. Burtt, ed. & Intro., (Mentor Book), New York: New American Library, c. 1955 (paperback)


CON..............Confucius (Kung Fu Tzu), The Analects, New York: Penguin, c. 1979


TTC...............Tzu, Lao, The Way of Life, (Tao Te Ching): Wisdom of Ancient China, R. B. Blakney, Trans., (Mentor Book), New York: New American Library, c. 1955 (paperback)


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(Office Fax) 979-945-0458.


Office Hours: TR 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., W 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Times are subject to change on a weekly basis because of University committees, medical appoints, etc. Additional time will always be made available to compensate for absences during office hours. Students are urged to make appointments in advance for office hours.


Course Description:



"Beliefs and practices of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Tao, and Shinto with particular attention to their philosophical presuppositions."


This course will be divided into units on each of the following: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Hinayana Buddhism;, Mahayana Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.


Students will be expected to learn basic facts regarding the history and literature of each of these religions. Readings will be divided between readings about the religions, i.e., Noss, and readings in the sacred literature of the religions.


Philosophical presuppositions such as doctrine concerning: the cosmos, Deity, man, man's plight, salvation, conduct, destiny, freedom, and evil will receive particular attention.


Students will not be graded on their attitude toward or acceptance of the various religions and teachings. They will be graded on their exhibited knowledge of the respective religions and their skill in comparing, contrasting and evaluating doctrines and dogmas of the religions from the standpoint of various world hypotheses.


Students will be expected to develop a short term paper or project dealing with a problem within one or more of the Indian and Oriental Religions.

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Course Requirements and Grading


Three examinations in the course of the semester (each to count 20% of the final grade).


Final examination (20% of the semester grade) Failure to take the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the semester even if a passing grade would result by averaging in the final exam as a 00. Students who have an “A” average on exams one through three are exempt from the final exam. Their grades will be average with the three exam average counting as 80% of their final grade.


Term paper or project (20%)

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Attendance


Attendance is expected but not required. A complete attendance report may be filed with the student's dean and the registrar with the final course grade. All students are required to be present for announced exams. All students are required to fill out a course evaluation form during the last week of the semester. The date when this form will be distributed will be announced in class prior to its distribution. Excused absences from announced exams may be granted by the instructor upon presentation of a written statement from the student involved. Excuses will be on the honor system. Make-up exams will be given one week after the date of the scheduled exam and at a make up day at the end of the semester. Failure to take the final exam will result in an automatic "F" for the course unless the student is exempted from this exam. Other exams that are missed without an excused absence will be averaged in at "00." This is considerably lower than the average "F."

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GENERAL RULES


1. Aggie Honor Code “ Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.”


2. No smoking or any use of tobacco will be permitted in the classroom.


3. All university rules governing academic dishonesty will apply.


4. Students may combine their term paper or project with papers or projects

required in other courses provided written permission is obtained from all professors involved.


5. Students may eat snacks during the class session provided

they remove any resulting trash.


5 6. Students will not be given examination grades or final course grades over the telephone, by department secretaries, or in any manner other than official university channels (registrar -dean - class session return of papers). Because of federal law grades will not be posted using given names or your social security number, in whole or in part. Privacy laws and the University’s interpretation of these laws also prevents grades from being given via e-mail.


7. Students are invited but not required to attend any class parties that may be held.


8. All course material including course hand-outs and class lectures are protected by copyright and may not be duplicated, transmitted in any way, or sold without the express written permission of the instructor. Lectures may not be taped or video transcribed. You may and are expected to take detailed notes, but may use them for your studies only. Notes may not be sold.


9. The following dress code will be enforced. Students will removed their baseball caps and other head coverings in the class room. An exception will be made for religious head coverings. Student may not have ear phones unless they are to assist those who have hearing deficiencies.


10. The ringer on cell phones, I Pods, etc. will be turned off in the class room.


11. Members of the Corps will follower military regulations in the wearing of their uniforms at all time.

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THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) INFORMATION


The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for students with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students and faculty members with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation , please contact Services for Students with Disabilities, Koldus 126, (979) 845-1637. Your professor has a certified hearing loss which constitutes a disability. Therefore, students are required to refrain from sitting in the back of the room when seats are available in the front of the room. Students are also expect to speak loudly and distinctly. If students with high pitch voices can speak in a lower pitch, it will be appreciated. You may be asked to repeat yourself. Thank you for your understanding.

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FAMILY EDUCATIONAL AND RIGHTS TO PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)


FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. To obtain a listing of directory information or to place a hold on any or all of this information, please consult the Admission & Records Office. Items that can never be identified as public information are a student’s social security number, institutional identification number, citizenship, gender, grades, GPR or class schedule. All efforts will be made in this class to protect your confidentiality.


A permissible exception to the rule preventing the release of grades is that a list of students on the Honor Roll may be posted. Such a list will be posted after each exam. If you do not want your name to be on such a lists, should you earn the honor, please inform the professor prior to taking an exam.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT

AGGIE HONOR CODE


An Aggies does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.”

Upon accepting admission to Texas A&M University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor System. Students will be required to state their commitment on examination, research papers m, and other academic work. Ignorance of the rule does not exclude any member of the Texas A & M University community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor System. For additional information please visit: www.tamu.edui/aggiehonor/, and http://student-rules.tamu.edu/.


On all course work, assignments, and examinations at Texas A&M University, the following Honor Pledge shall be preprinted and signed by the student:


On my honor, as an Aggie, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work.”

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DATES TO REMEMBER


(Dates are subject to Change), Internet address:www.tamu.edu/admissions/records/academic_calendar.html



EXAM ONE THUR SEPTEMBER 25


EXAM TWO THUR. OCTOBER 23


EXAM THREE TUE. NOVEMBER 18


FINAL EXAM WED. DECEMBER 10


TERM PAPER OR PROJECT DUE TUE. NOVEMBER 25



WEEK ONE - AUGUST 24 - 30


Required Reading - HWR Inside cover map.

Introductory Lectures - Presentation of course requirements, Divisions and characteristics of major world religions, theories of the origins of religions, Selected definitions of Religion.

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WEEK TWO - AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6


Required Reading - HWR, CHAPTER 3 "Early Hinduism," pp. 76-101, UPAN, Katha

, Isha, Kena, Prasna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka, Svetasvatra,

Lectures - Vedic Hinduism, Brahmanism, Classical Hinduism

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WEEK THREE -SEPTEMBER 7 - 13


Required Reading - HWR Chapter 4, “Later Hinduism,” pp. 102 - 147.

Lecture - Classic Hinduism

Lectures - Summary Discussions of Classical Hinduism,

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WEEK FOUR - SEPTEMBER 14- 20

Required Reading - BGIT, pp. 23 - 143.

Lecture - Sectarian Hinduism, Karma Marga Yoga, Jnana Marga Yoga, Bhakti Marga Yoga

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WEEK FIVE - SEPTEMBER 21 - 27



THUR SEPTEMBER 25 - EXAM ONE


Required Reading - HWR, Chapter 5, “Jainism,” pp. 148 - 159.

Lecture - Jainism

Lecture - Yoga

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WEEK SIX - SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4


Required Reading - HWR - Chapter 6, Buddhism in Its First Phase,” pp. 160 - 181, BUD pp. 27 - 36, 64-65, 68, 70-73

Lectures - Buddhism - The Life of the Founder

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WEEK SEVEN - OCTOBER 5 - 11


Required Reading - HWR, Chap. 7, “The Religious Development of Buddhism,” pp. 182 - 235, BUD 100 -122

Lectures - The Teachings of the Buddha, Hinayana Buddhism

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WEEK EIGHT - OCTOBER 12 - 18


Required Reading - BUD pp. 123 - 165, 207 - 212, 223-225, 227 - 239,

Lectures - Mahayana Buddhism,

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WEEK NINE - OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25


Thur. October 23 EXAM TWO


Required Reading - HWR, “Sikhism,” Chapter 8, pp. 236 - 248

Lectures - Sikhism

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WEEK TEN - OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1


Required Readings - HWR, “Native Chinese Religion and Daoism,” (Tao), Chap. 9, pp. 250 - 283

Lecture - Ancient Chinese Religions

Lecture - Daoism (Tao)

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WEEK ELEVEN - NOVEMBER 2 - 8


Required Readings - HWR, Chap. Ten., “Confucius and Confucianism,” pp. 284 - 321 , TTC # 1, 4, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 32, 39, 40, 47, 48, 56, 63, 77 & 78; CON T.B.A.

Lecture - Daoism (Tao)

Lecture - Confucianism

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WEEK TWELVE - NOVEMBER 9 - 15


Required Reading - HWR, Chap. 11, “Shinto,” pp. 322 - 348, Handouts on Sayings of Confucius

Lecture - Late (Neo or Corrupt) Daoism (Tao), Late (Neo or Corrupt) Confucianism, Shinto Legends

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WEEK THIRTEEN - NOVEMBER 16 - 22


Tue. November 18 - EXAM THREE

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WEEK FOURTEEN - NOVEMBER 23 - 29


Required Readings - To be assigned; Students' Reports May Be Given


Possible Lectures - Zen Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, California Buddhism, The New Age Movement, Ethics of the Dali Lama


Tue. November 25 - TERM PAPER OR PROJECT DUE


Nov. 27 - 28 - Thursday & Friday - Thanksgiving holiday

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WEEK FIFTEEN - NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6


FINAL EXAMS BEGIN DECEMBER 5


Tue. Dec. 2 - Redefined Day - Attend Thursday Classes.

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WEEK SIXTEEN - DECEMBER 7 - 13


FINAL EXAM - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 - 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.


FINAL EXAMS "I once went all day without food or sleep to prepare for an exam. I found it best to study." Confucius