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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RLG6438

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Religious Studies. Appd 5/2/14. To SCNS. Nmbr 6424 Approved as 6438 effective 1/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4795 2013-08-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Religious Studies AS 125900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael DeJonge 8139740578

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    RLG 6438 Modern Christian Thought

    Is the course title variable? Y
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? Y
    If repeatable, how many times? 3

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Modern Christian Thought
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    Examines themes, thinkers, and movements in Christian thought since the 16th century.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course has been offered as "selected topics" and has enrolled well. The courses will service several degrees outside Religious Studies: MA, PhD in Philosophy; MA, PhD in Philosophy and Religion (PHR).

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    PhD in Religious Studies or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To read works of modern Christian thought in the context of the academic study of religion

    To explore methods and approaches for close readings of texts within a specific religious tradition

    To articulate in writing interpretations of texts, and to develop in writing theses related to these texts

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through the interpretation of texts in historical context and through evaluation of secondary sources.

    Students will engage actively in the learning process by formulating their own questions about the readings and by developing and pursuing their own research question.

    Students will produce well-organized, well-developed final papers that advance and defend a thesis regarding one or several of the texts treated in class.

    C. Major Topics

    Modernity, Philosophy, Theology.

    D. Textbooks

    Variable. Examples include 'The Bonhoeffer Reader' and 'Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings.'

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Course readings include books for purchase as well as material distributed online.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Two short papers (25% each), one final paper (50%).

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    None. Only papers.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    No make-up work, even in cases of violating University Policy on Academic Integrity.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MA in Religious Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    MA, PhD in Philosophy; MA, PhD in Philosophy and Religion (PHR).

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