- Application: Use knowledge to make judgments, solve problems, make decisions, and create your own positions.
- Integration: Make comparisons between different positions introduced in our course, make connections across different academic disciplines, and relate course materials to your own experience.
Think of all the claims made by the various authors and presenters that we have considered in in the assigned readings and films (“Of Gods and Men,” the weekly Interfaith videos, the short readings and student presentations, and the selections from “The Impossibility of Interreligious Dialogue”).
For this take-home exam: Which one of their claims most strikes you as especially right, or especially problematic, in trying to understand the complexities of Interfaith Leadership and Theology? Why do you agree, or disagree?
Write an essay in which you take a position of your own, agreeing or disagreeing with this claim, and in which you formulate, organize, develop and advance a single clear thesis of your own, based on clearly formulated criteria.Your essay should be well developed with examples and evidence. Your position should be coherent. Be explicit in stating the criteria you are employing in order to argue for the strength of your position. In developing your argument, take into account an alternative perspective (a position, imagined or real, that would disagree with yours), give it a fair hearing, and then show how you would respond to it—all as a way to give more support to your own position.Give your paper a compelling, insightful title.
In developing your thesis, you may draw upon and make use of other readings from this course or another course, current or past events, or a critical analysis of your own lived experience.However, what’s key is that you are making an argument of your own, in relation to the claim under consideration, and not simply summarizing your experience or summarizing what other texts say.Clearly define terms, e.g., what do you mean by the term spirituality. Your own sophisticated academic voice should be in control throughout this essay.
Assignment logistics and particulars
- The essay should be not less than 1000 but not more than 1200 words in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point font.
- In defending your thesis, your essay must engage all the reading sources for the semester. For example, your essay must include reference to: (i) one or more of the interfaith videos, (ii) one or more of the short readings, and (iii) one or more of the section(s) from “The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue”
- Your essay must be free from errors in sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and mechanics.