When preparing for the practitioner-scholar dialogue week, students will use the Canvas page to post discussion questions and comments for the speakers, as well as responses to readings if they are provided. Students should come up with two or three questions they would like to ask the chaplain or professor. When preparing for the student discussion week, students can use Canvas to comment on points raised during the dialogue and to note topics or concepts they want to review with the class.
For the dialogue week, the scholar and practitioner will usually each assign a very short reading they feel will help to ground students in that tradition. They may have also compiled a bibliography of additional readings or resources that students can explore either before or after the dialogue. For the student discussion week, the coordinators will find a few short articles that examine the tradition of focus within modern society and culture. If any students find articles they think the rest of the class would find interesting during the course, they should email it to the coordinators or post a link on Canvas.
Lived Religion Field Trips
While reading and discussion are an important part of becoming religiously literate, engaging in the religious practices of a tradition provides another integral component. Therefore, each participant is encouraged to go on “lived religion field trips.” Opportunities will be provided during the semester to engage with religious life first-hand, both casually and formally. Coordinators will encourage students to reflect on their field trip experiences on Canvas and during discussions. The class may also take one or more field trips together.
The last meeting of the course will be devoted to capstone presentations. Individually or with a partner, students will pick an aspect of a religious tradition that they wish to cover in greater depth prepare a 10-minute presentation designed to introduce the class to their area of focus. It will be an informal, interactive presentation session to culminate our experiences in the course.