REL 133 Complete Class Week 1 – 5 All Assignments and Discussion Questions – A+ Graded Course Material

Week 1 Individual Assignment Elements of Religious Traditions Paper

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that does the following:

Describes these basic components of religious traditions and their relationship to the sacred:

What a religious tradition says—its teachings, texts, doctrine, stories, myths, and others

What a religious tradition does—worship, prayer, pilgrimage, ritual, and so forth

How a religious tradition organizes—leadership, relationships among members, and so forth

Identifies key critical issues in the study of religion

Includes specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week One readings that honor the sacred—such as rituals of the Igbo to mark life events, the vision quest as a common ritual in many Native American societies, or the influence of the shaman as a leader. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Week 1 Discussion Questions

How do you define the word religion? What elements are commonly associated with religious traditions?

How do you define the word sacred? How do religious traditions orient their conception and location of the sacred?

From the reading, what are the basic elements of religion?

What are some difficulties in trying to define religion and religious beliefs?

Week 2 Individual Assignment Four Yogic Paths and Jainism Worksheet

Resource: Understanding Religious Beliefs and Traditions I simulation

Complete the University Material: Four Yogic Paths and Jainism Worksheet located on the student website.

Week 2 Discussion Questions

What are the Vedas? How do the Upanishads differ from the Vedas?

What are the stages of life in traditional Hindu teaching? Imagine you are a practicing Hindu. Which life stage are you in? How does it affect your daily activities?

What do the terms brahman, atman, maya, karma, samsara, and moksha mean? How do these terms relate to each other in Hindu teachings?

What forms of devotion and spirituality are common in Hinduism?

Week 3 Individual Assignment Buddhism Worksheet

Complete the University Material: Buddhism Worksheet located on the student website.

 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Buddhism Presentation

Resource: Buddhism Worksheet

Consult the facilitator regarding the assignment of one of the following Buddhist traditions:

Theravada Buddhism

Mahayana Buddhism

Vajrayana Buddhism

Zen Buddhism—as a special school of Mahayana Buddhism

Prepare a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation on the assigned Buddhist tradition that does the following:

Describes how significant moments in the Buddha’s life informed the assigned tradition

Includes unique practices and teachings of the tradition

Format citations and references consistent with APA guidelines.

Present the Buddhism Presentation.

For Local Campus students, these are 20-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft® PowerPoint®presentations.

Week 3 Discussion Questions

What were the key experiences in the life of the Buddha? Why were those experiences important?

What are the Three Jewels of Buddhism? What are the Four Noble Truths? What are the steps of the Noble Eightfold Path? How do these teachings inform the practice of Buddhism?

Do you identify Buddhism as a religion? Why or why not? How does it contrast with other traditional religions?

Why do you think Zen Buddhism became popular in the U. S.?  How has Zen Buddhism influenced Japanese arts?

Week 4 Individual Assignment Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto

Part 1: Reflections on the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) Worksheet

Complete the University Material: Reflections on the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) Worksheet located on the student website.

Part 2: The Ideal Person

Write a 350- to 700-word essay that describes the ideal person according to Confucius.

Include the concepts of renlishuxiao, and wen.

Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines.

Part 3: Shinto Illustration

Access the Shinto Art Creator tool located on the student website.

Create an illustration representative of the Shinto religion, based on the beliefs of openness, use of nature, and deliberate simplicity.

Include an artist’s statement of 200 to 350 words on the meaning of the illustration.

Week 4 Discussion Questions

What are the basic elements of early Chinese belief? How did these elements influence later beliefs?

How would you describe the two main, early teachers of Daoism: Laozi (Lao Tzu) and Zhuangzi (Chauang Tzu)? How did each influence the development of Daoism?

What elements of Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto are characteristic of Eastern religious traditions studied in this course?

How does Confucianism differ with Taoism?

Week 5 Individual Assignment Common Elements of Eastern Traditions

Choose three of the Eastern religious traditions studied in the course.

Complete the University Material: Common Elements of Eastern Religious Traditions template located on the student website.

Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Contemporary Issues in Eastern Paper and Presentation

Consult the facilitator regarding the assignment of one of the Eastern religious traditions studied in the course. 

Field Exercise: Learning Team members visit a sacred site of the specific religion.  While all do not need to visit the same location at the same time, each member is required to contribute their own experience in the Final Paper and Presentation

Write a 2,100- to 2,450-word paper about the contemporary issues facing the assigned Eastern religious tradition in which you:

Discuss the common characteristics the assigned religion shares with the others.

Analyze the interactions between the modern world and the assigned religion.

Provide examples of how these interactions influence both the assigned religion and the modern world.

Cite at least five references in addition to the textbook.

Format the paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Prepare Presentation minimum 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation detailing the paper.

Format citations and references consistent with APA guidelines.

Present the Eastern Religions Presentation.

For Local Campus students, these are 30-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft® PowerPoint®presentations.

Week 5 Discussion Questions

What are the common characteristics of the Eastern religious traditions?

What are the effects of science on religion in the modern world? Do religions have an effect on science? Explain how.

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