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Sacred Journey into Religious Communities
Integrated Seminar 101 Fall 2012
Study Guide, Pilgrimage Edicts, and Suggestions on Learning the Course Materials
Use the following information as you would use a map, to help chart the best trails through the territory of this course in pursuit of your academic destination.
A. Pilgrimage Edicts
To stay on course and reach your destination, there are certain rules - "Pilgrimage Edicts" - that you will be expected to uphold and follow. By adhering to these edicts you will be able to get the most out of your experiences in this course. On this page is an important discussion, distinguishing a "theological approach" from an "academic approach." In this course, we are attempting to adhere to the latter approach.
University Civility Clause
In any environment in which people interact in meaningful ways to gain knowledge, it is essential that each member feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. To this end, it will be course policy and expected that everyone will be treated with mutual respect. We certainly do not have to agree, but everyone deserves to feel they are heard. We learn by engaging in constructive evidence--based dialogue. Therefore we shall establish in this course a general understanding that members of this class (including students, instructors, professors, and teaching assistants) will be respected and respectful to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning.
B. Study Skills and Resources
Remember, you should spend, on average, at least 3 hours of study time (textbook reading, reviewing class notes, etc.) for each hour you spend in class. There is additional time devoted to researching and writing papers, and to developing projects. Plan accordingly. If you need help with note-taking, strategies for studying, writing, time-management, or tutoring assistance, please to not hesitate calling your professor.
Be sure to take complete notes of all key materials presented by the lecturer, guest speakers, other students, and any video presentations.
Writing Your Research Paper
Consider the resources at The Writing Center. The Writing Center is a collaborative learning program dedicated to providing one-on-one assistance to student writers. The Writing Center also provides a library of handbooks and style manuals, three student computers, a collection of handouts about writing, and a comfortable place to sit, read, and write.
Become very familiar with our library, as it will become a second home. To become more familiar with and fully utilize the resources of the library, take the Information Literacy Tutorial. You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian who will assist you in your research project. While doing your research, be able to critically evaluate your sources and judge what resources are valuable and valid. This is especially important in evaluating web site resources.
Questions About Technology
C. University Disability Support Services
Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have documented temporary or permanent disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Support Services located in the Idaho Commons Building, Room 306.Please meet with either Gloria or Angela at the beginning of each semester to set up accommodations for the semester so that you may notify your instructor(s) early in the semester regarding accommodation(s) needed for the course.
D. Study Guide for the Exams, go to:
Preparations for the Second Exam - An Exercise
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