LITR264: Themes in Literature - Religion
Section: E1     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearIntersession 2018 / (4 weeks): Dec 15, 2017 to Jan 12, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

James Freeman   Email: James.Freeman@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8155

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 3 - 5 hours every day for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is optional.

Online

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.


Other Orientation Information
Prof. Freeman will handle completely optional face-to-face orientation individually. He will provide course demos during the last weeks of Fall,'17 semester and by appointment during the first week of Wintersession during office hours by appointment in Grupp Hall 127 via james.freeman@bucks.edu and 215-968-8150 (Dept. office) and 215-968-8155 (his extension)...The class also encorprates self-orientation and Canvas online tours for any folks unfamiliar with Canvas or with a similar delivery system.

Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

This is an intellectually rigorous but very fun and mind-expanding course with frequent, short primary source readings and excerpts of longer works in fiction, poetry, drama, song and non-fiction as models for discussion, journal-ing, for student-led panel discussion, and for paper topic drafting. The course is not an indoctrination in Religion by any means but rather an introduction to Spiritual literature's ancient to contemporary themes, such as the meaning of life, creation, enjoying life, ethics, afterlife, parables and fables, related fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction excerpts concerning these themes and ones of the class' choosing.