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Last approved: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:12:16 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:27:59 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

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Mizzou Online
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Religious Studies
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Religious Studies

Term for Proposal

Fall 2017

Course Catalog Information

Religious Studies (REL_ST)
Religious Studies
Religion in Science Fiction - Writing Intensive
Investigation of religious themes in science fiction novels, short stories and films. Themes include the nature of the sacred, the limits of human knowledge, understanding and experiencing transcendence, revelation and apocalypse.
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Mizzou Online
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Writing Intensive Course Information

This course is an investigation of religious themes in science fiction novels, short stories, and films. These themes include the nature of the sacred, the limits of human knowledge, understanding and experiencing transcendence, revelation and apocalypse.
This course has been completely revised. It used to be 11 Lessons - 9 reading responses and a long essay with revision. This is the new work:
Required Work
3 Writing Review / Revision Activities
5 Reading/Viewing Notes
4 Reading Responses (500 word)
3 Essays (1200 word)
1 Final Progress Portfolio (3600 word)
Self paced?
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Writing Intensive Assignments

Essays (3)
Each essay responds to a specific prompt that incorporates ideas from earlier Lessons. Students should consider these essays as formal writing that aims to make a statement/argument which requires evidence for support. The differences in formal and informal writing are significant.
Writing Portfolio
The portfolio is the last assignment in this course. It will consist of revised and polished copies of the student’s 3 essays as well as a one page reflection on the writing and revision process.

Length of assignment:

Reading Responses (4)
The reading responses are meant to get students thinking about the material and making connections and insights to other course materials in an informal writing style. Students should think of the reading responses as a place to work out thoughts that might or might not flesh out into larger ideas later.
Length of assignment:

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First drafts:
*CWP Note from previous semesters:

Here is further explanation from Kate Kelley on paper assignments and a form of scaffolding that demonstrates she is, indeed, having students move in thought from one paper to that last one. She had not included this explanation in her first response, mainly because what she did send seemed thorough, so I didn't ask her to say more. I hope this helps get her course moved along. The theoretical and methodological concepts they employ for the essay are included in 5 of the reading responses. For instance, they are called upon to choose a category of 'human being' from one of the readings - Lesson 3. For Lesson 3 they have written a summary of the categories so that they can use some of what they've written for the essay. Lessons 5 and 6 ask them to look at characters in terms of the categories of human being from the earlier lesson - writing from these responses also works toward the essay. The other component of the essay is to choose a 'dimension of sacred' which they learn about in Lessons 7 & 8. The dimensions are not built into the reading responses for those lessons as I have written the lectures about them as exemplary ways to engage in this method. I find typically my students have a much easier time understanding the dimensions of the sacred than they do the categories of human being which is why Lesson 8 asks students to again look at the idea of human being. If needed, I can certainly create reading response prompts for those two lessons that are more focused on the dimensions of the sacred.

A note about the new form of this course: I used to require two shorter essays with revision on both. The first essay was a summary of a chapter that explains the concepts of human being that I ask them to work with. Last summer I discovered that this essay was available through a paper mill. This is such a crucial part of the course, but I suspected that students weren't doing their work. I changed that summary essay to a reading response which asks students to use the concepts of that same chapter so I could make sure they understood them. The second essay of the course was the same one I have now - but I have doubled the required length. I found that many students were writing this second essay twice as long as I required in the prompt. This is why I chose to keep it and make it a longer essay that will fulfill the requirements. Please note, this isn't a research paper - I call it a 'critical essay' because I don't ask students to do outside research. What I ask them to do is take the concepts they have been thinking about throughout the course and process/analyze them to support a thesis statement.

Writing Intensive Teaching

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All of my assignments ask students to do their own critical thinking and analysis to support arguments.
Each lesson completed includes a writing assignment, alternating between reading responses and short essays with a final writing portfolio in the last lesson.

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Additional Comments

Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:27:59 GMT): This class is listed as REL_ST 3451W, section 01, 02 and 03 - self-pace for Fall 2017
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