REL 390 R
Ancient Temples and Temple Texts
Grading Syllabus

Course Summary

A study of ancient temples and temple texts.  The course will focus on a temple typology for determining a temple and the archictecture and rituals of various temples throughout the ancient world.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, I will give you a letter grade that I feel reflects the learning you accomplished during the course.  I will use three criteria to determine your grade:  (1) attitude, (2) class attendance, and (3) academic work.


Attitude is displayed through preparation for class, class participation, and adherence to honor code (brethren, unless otherwise permitted, you should be shaving daily (or I will shoot you; I have to shave everyday according to the honor code so you better live up to the honor code you signed as I do.  AND don't give me, "I hate shaving!"  I have hated shaving longer than you have been alive!!). 

Things that can negatively affect my perception of attitude displayed is sleeping during class, inappropriate use of electronic devices, constantly talking to another classmate.  Grade for class participation is purely 
subjectiveon my part and is used in determining the final grade given in the course.
Class Attendance
Class attendance is a crucial part of the course.  It is the policy of the Department of Religious Education that a student must participate in a minimum of 80% of the class periods held for a religion course. With this in mind note the following:

Academic Work
1.  Reading Assignments

Reading Assignments--write-ups required (30 points each)
These assignments are due on the date stated on the Daily Assignment Schedule.
Reading Assignments -- no write-ups required (20 points each)
Each daily reading assignment is worth 20 pts.  To receive the full 20 points the assignment must be read before the class period it is due (10 points) and the class attended (10 points). A role will be sent around class for you to account for having read the assignment before class starts.   If a student is absent, they can bring a note with their name and the assignment read and hand it in to me to get half credit. IF YOU COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT DURING CLASS GIVE YOURSELF HALF CREDIT

2.  Five "For Further Study" Articles (25 points each)
With most every class, there will be addintional readings made available for that day's topic.  These will be found on the Daily Reading Assignment Schedule under the "For Further Study" section. During the semester, choose five articles from five different topics and complete a write-up that follows the following criteria:
3. Course Papers

A.  What is a Temple? (100 pts)
By the end of the course, using the various assignments given, write a 2 full page (minimujm) - 4 full page (maximum)  single spaced essay that describes what a temple is. The basic sources for this paper are the daily readings detailing Lundquists typology of a temple.  THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL DETAIL WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THIS COURSE!

B. Temple Typology Paper. (100 pts)
Choose one specific topic from the list of Temple Typology/Pattern Topics being discussed in this course that you would like to explore further. The topic can be a major topic (such as, mountain, tree, etc,) or it can be a sub-topic of architecture (orientation, etc) or rituals (sacrifices, incense, etc.)  Research the topic more extensively from scholarly sources. Hint: use the [1] McKay Library, [2] JSTOR, [3] "For Further Study", and [4] references found in scholarly articles.  Use the following criteria in writing your paper: