Philosophy 103 - World Religions - Summer 2022

PHL 103:230 (crn = 20719)
PHL 103 begins on June 6, Monday
PHL 103 web class ends at 10 PM on July 14, Thursday 
Makeups are done from July 11 to July 14 (10 PM). Nothing can be submitted after 10 PM on July 14th. 

No on-campus orientation, and no on-campus tests.
Your attendance is counted as making discussion board postings or taking a quiz. 

Dr. Michael Fuller - Professor Emeritus
Office - Social Science Building, room 116 at Flo. Valley
Office Phone: (314) 513-4423  [secretary’s phone!!] 

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Email: MFuller@STLCC.EDU

Office Hours: Friday afternoon 2 to 4 pm BUT definitely email for an appointment. 99.9% of questions can be answered by email!

Course Description:
This is an introductory course examining the nature and function of religion in human experience and culture and an introduction to the history, content and present status of selected world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. MOTR RELG 100

Credit Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Purpose of this class:
To think, reason, analyze, decide, discern and evaluate. These are the goals a liberal arts education.
Learning Outcomes for PHL 103 - World Religions:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the ability to:
- describe the development of core beliefs of the world's major religions including the time period during which specific religions developed, the causes, the principal founder(s), and the key doctrines.
- explain the social and cultural conditions that existed preceding the origination and development of each religion.
- compare and contrast the beliefs, values and key doctrines of the world religions.
- discuss the rights regarding religious practices guaranteed by the United States constitution.
- discuss the cultural, historical, or social events that resulted in the adoption of specific religious doctrines or practices.
- apply religious doctrines to social and ethical issues concerning poverty, equality, race, gender and social justice.
- explain the relationship of beliefs and rewards according to world's religions.
- distinguish between subjective opinion and objective historical fact with respect to religious beliefs, doctrines, practices and traditions.
- construct and formulate explanations for the adoption of religious beliefs and practices by individuals and groups in the social and historical context in which they are found.
- describe alternative ways that individuals practice religion and seek spiritual guidance.

"Required" Course Materials?    Zero...Nothing to buy in the bookstore!

On-line readings (think of it as a free Textbook):

All readings for the class are embedded within CANVAS. You can read them on-line, download them to an electronic reader device such as the iPad, or you can print them out if you want a hardcopy. They can not be printed at the college.

You will be reading selections from these books:

Abdul Rauf, Imam Feisal
2004 What's right with Islam : a new vision for Muslims and the West. Harper, San Francisco. 
297 A136w

Carmody, Denise and John T. Carmody
1992 “Chinese Religion” in Eastern Ways to the Center: An Introduction to the Religions of Asia. Wadsworth Publishing Company, California.  291.095 C287e

Fuller, Michael and Neathery Fuller
2007 Greek and Roman Religion. in Religion and Culture: An Anthropological Focus. Second Edition. Edited by Ray Scupin. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

Grayling, A. C.
2010 "Religion" in Ideas that Matter: The concepts that shape the 21st century. Basic Books, New York. 121 G783i

Hiltebeitel, Alf
2005 "Hinduism" in the Encyclopedia of Religion, Second edition. Edited by Lindsay Jones.  McMillan Reference, Detroit. Ref 200.3 E558

Lugira, Aloysius
2009  African Traditional Religion. Third Edition. Facts of File.  299.6 L951a FV

Matthews, Warren 
1999 "Jainism and Sikhism" in World Religions. 3rd edition. Wadsworth Publishing Company. Call number 200 M442w Meramec

Prothero, Stephen
2010 "Judaism: The Way of Exile and Return" in God is Not One. HarperCollins Publishers, New York. 200 P9777g Meramec

Raudvere, Catharina
2011 Popular Religion in The Viking World. Edited by Stefan Brink. Routledge Press, London.

Simpkins, Annellen
2000 “Confucius: The First Teacher” in Simple Confucianism. Tuttle Publishing. 299.512 S612s Meramec

Smart, Ninian
1998 "Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union" in The World's Religions. 2nd edition. Cambridge University. 291 S636w2 FV

Tinker, Tim
2010 "Indians of the Plains" in the Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition. Edited by Lindsay Jones. Thomson - Gale Publishers, New York. Ref 200.3 E558

Young, William A.
1995 "Theravada Buddhism: The Middle Way" in Worldviews and Contemporary Issues. Prentice-Hall Inc. 291 Y78w FV

Streaming Videos and Audio that you will be required to study:

Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World (1985) - films on demand
Study of World Religions (2016)
Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World (1985) - films on demand
WPA Film Library: Hopi Indians Ritual Dance (1932) - films on demand
Torn - Recovering California’s Stolen Cultural Heritage - PBS (2014)
Sacred Art of the San People at Giant’s Cave, South Africa (2019)
Baka: Cry from the Rainforest (2012)
Religion in Hindu India (2002)- films on demand
Shiva Sanctuary of Elephantine Island (2018)
Singapore Hindu Temple (2018)
Jain Temple outside of Mumbai (2018)
Sikhism: The Guru's Wisdom (2012) - films on demand
The Life of Buddha (2003) - films on demand
Buddhist iconography at the Kanheri Caves, India (2018)
Sacred Art at the Kelaniya Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka (2018)
The Vikings (1996) - films on demand
Virtual Tour of a Roman House in Pompeii (2016)
The Cult of Mithras (2015)
Roman Religion: Household Lares – Streaming Powerpoint (2017)
Roman Religion: Temples – Streaming Powerpoint (2017)
Roman Religion: Roadside Shrines – Streaming Powerpoint (2017)
Jewish Law: in the Community (2004) - films on demand
Judaism Part 1: Streaming powerpoint (2019)
Judaism Part 2: Streaming powerpoint (2019)
“Genesis” interpreted by a Medieval Christian Poet – Streaming Powerpoint (2019)
Confucianism (2011)
Easter to the Eastern Orthodox Christians (2009)
Beliefs and Culture: Faces of Islam (2010) - films on demand
Hadj Experience (2006)
PBS: Casualties of War (2016)
Taj Mahal: Streaming powerpoint (2018)

Classroom Policies:

1. Grading policy: The class has a total of 260 points possible.
- 120 points from 12 weekly quizzes
- 110 points from 11 Discussion Board assignments
- 20 points from 2 essay questions
- 10 points from "Can I pass this Class" exam

Here is the grade scale:

234 to 260 points equals "A"
207 to 233 points equals "B"
180 to 206 points equals "C"
153 to 179 points equals "D"
below 152 points equals F”

2. Attendance policy: You are expected to do “at least” one assignment each week to be counted as “attending.” That means either doing the discussion board or taking the weekly quiz. Ideally, you do both. I do not drop students. I do report attendance and the college has strict rules about failing to attend. Sometimes, two or three weeks of non-attendance can result in the college dropping you from the class.

3. Late Work/Missed Exam Policy: One missed quiz or one missed discussion board is not the end of the world. My policy is that I will reopen all quizzes on May 9th at 10 PM and close them for good on May 12th. 

4. Academic Integrity: My policy is that your discussion board essay MUST reflect your thoughts. I run your essays through TURNITIN which will alert me to the unacceptable practice of Plagiarism. You will probably find supporting material for your ideas from works by others when you compose your essay. It's okay to use the ideas of other people, but you do need to correctly credit them. If you cut and paste large quantities of their text, even if in quotes, that still reflects very little concern for your grade (which will be rock bottom). If you cut and paste large parts of texts from the Wikipedia or Google, then you get a “D” for that assignment and probably a “D” grade for the class.

5. Hardware and software requirements: You need to have a functional PC or Mac and FIREFOX web browser to access the class. Why? Simply, other browsers give false results on the assignments! The computer can be at home, work or in the college library. The class includes approximately a dozen streaming videos. 

6. Email: you must ONLY use the student email account provided by the college. My assumption is that all other email addresses are imposters/hoaxers.  

7. Discussion Boards: All discussion board submissions must be submitted before the specific deadlines. Discussion board comments must be intelligent and relevant. Rudeness is not acceptable is a discussion board. 

Withdrawal Policy: To formally withdraw, students must submit official forms to the Admissions/Registration Office. The class will be shown on the transcript with the grade of W, and students are not eligible for a refund of fees. It is always the student responsibility to initiate a withdrawal.

Diversity & Inclusion, Non-Discrimination Statement: St. Louis Community College is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination. The College maintains a complaint procedure for the purpose of investigating and providing prompt and equitable remedy. Student inquiries concerning discrimination or harassment, and the procedure for complains of discrimination or harassment may be made to Mary Zabriskie, Director, Student Conduct/Title IX Coordinator, (314) 539-5345.

Disability Resources and Access Office Information: STLCC is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. Access Office staff, available on each campus, work with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange academic accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have a disability are encouraged to contact the campus Access Office:

  1. Florrisant Valley: 314-513-4551 or
  2. Forest Park & Harrison Center: 314-644-9030 or
  3. Meramec & South County: 314-984-7673 or
  4. Wildwood: 636-422-2000 or
  5. Online: 314-513-4771 or

Students with academic accommodations are responsible for providing their professors with Instructor Memos and should do so early in the course. For more information, see hppts://

Title IX:  Discrimination includes any form of unequal treatment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender expression such as denial of opportunities, harassment, and violence. Sex based violence incudes sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. If you experience discrimination in any of these forms, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, or campus-based Title IX investigators. To learn more, including information on campus and community resources, go to STLCC’s Sexual Misconduct Policy at



Calendar of Learning:



June 6th - start day

Click on "Module 1" and complete the ungraded Religion Survey by 10 PM on June 8th. That is used to prove you are attending the class! Next, complete "Can I Pass This Class" Quiz before June 10th when it disappears. Fail to do this easy quiz and the ungraded survey? That means that the college will count you as NOT participating and there is a strong chance that the college will drop you from the class.

Click on Module 2 DO Theoretical Issues Quiz and 2 Essays by June 13th, 10 pm
BEWARE...This week’s assignment is time intensive, so do not postpone until June 13th to start this assignment.

Click on Module 3 DO Native American Quiz & Discussion Board by June 13th, 10 PM

DO African Tribal Quiz & Discussion Board by June 20th, 10 PM

DO Hindu Quiz & Discussion Board by June 20th, 10 PM

DO Jain/Sikh Quiz & Discussion Board by June 20th, 10 PM

DO Buddhism Quiz & Discussion Board by June 27th, 10 PM

DO Roman/Viking Quiz & Discussion Board by June 27th, 10 PM

DO Judaism Quiz & Discussion Board by June 27th, 10 PM

DO Asian Religions Quiz & Discussion Board 10 by July 4th, 10 PM

DO Christianity Quiz & Discussion Board by July 4th 10 PM

DO Orthodox Christianity Quiz & Discussion by July 11th, 10 PM

July 14th at 10 PM - class ends

DO Islam Quiz & Discussion Board 10 by July 11th
Grades are submitted immediately after 10 PM on July 14th




  1. Yes, each quiz is open notes. You get two chances on each quiz. Not fair to have your mother take the quiz (mainly because she won't know the answers!!!). 
  2. Beware, if you go surfing for the answers, then that often crashes CANVAS and voids your quiz. I will reset one quiz for you if you email me before the deadline. If this becomes your pattern of behavior, then you will just end up with crashed quizzes.
  3. How can you prepare for a quiz? There will be reviews for each quiz posted in CANVAS!!!!
  4. A single sentence discussion board response is inadequate for credit. The score will be zero.
  5. I do not give incomplete or PR grades in my classes. Your grade options are A, B, C, D and F. I can not withdraw or drop you from this class. You must contact the Admissions/Registration office to withdraw or drop from this class. The college can require you to come to campus to drop the class. Late drops can only be done with a doctor's note or hospital report. 


Here are rules for on-line etiquette:

  1. Avoid language that may come across as strong or offensive. Language can be easily misinterpreted in written communication. If a point must be stressed, review the statement to make sure that an outsider reading it would not be offended, then post the statement. Humor and sarcasm may easily be misinterpreted as well, so try to be as matter-of-fact and professional as possible.

B. Keep writing to a point and stay on topic. Online courses require a lot of reading. When writing, keep sentences poignant and brief so that readers do not get lost in wordy paragraphs and miss the point of the statement. Also, do not introduce new topics; it may just confuse the readers.
C. Read first, write later. It is important to read all posts or comments of students and instructors within the course discussion before personally commenting to prevent repeating commentary or asking questions that have already been answered.

D. Review, review, then send. There’s no taking back a comment that has already been sent, so it is important to double-check all writing to make sure that it clearly conveys the exact intended message.

  1. An online classroom is still a classroom. Though the courses may be online, appropriate classroom behavior is still mandatory. Respect for fellow classmates and the instructors is as important as ever.


F. The language of the Internet. Though still a fairly young type of communication, certain aspects of this form of communication are becoming conventional. For example, do not write using all capital letters, because it will appear as shouting. Also, the use of emoticons can be helpful when used to convey nonverbal feelings (example: :-) or :-( ), but don't use them in this college class. No inappropriate material. Do not forward virus warnings, chain letters, jokes, etc. to classmates or instructors. The sharing of pornographic material is forbidden.
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In this class you can talk loudly and make funny noises. Be careful NOT TO spill food and drink on your keyboard. You can even wear inappropriate clothing when taking this class!!! I can't see you. What happens if your computer is old, slow or dead? Use a college computer in the college library! You need to wear appropriate clothing in the library, by the way.