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Essay Requirements

Course name: Religion and Psycology

·   Essay (45%) 1000 – 1500 words

·   The essay is due on Friday November 24, 2017, by 11:59pm

                    You will be asked to choose one of a selection of essay topics based specifically on the course material.

1.I will be looking for evidence that you are engaged in the course and thinking about the material and/or the essay question.

2.These assignments are not research papers and do not require any outside sources. There will however be an option to write a research paper in place of the essay, but you can only do this with the instructor’s approval.

3.The assignment topics are designed to get you to think and I will be looking for your thoughtful responses to them. Try to find your own voice. Think about these questions for a while. Develop your own thoughts. Put them into your own words, your own way of saying things.

Guidelines for writing your essay:

1.            Avoid overly generalized opening sentences that really say nothing and cannot be substantiated. Go directly to your response to the essay topic.

2.            Be sure to read the essay topic very carefully. You may have written a fine essay, but if you haven’t actually addressed the essay topic, your mark will suffer.

3.            Put clear limits on what you will discuss. Resist saying everything! These are short assignments in which you demonstrate your ability to understand and to think; they are not your life work.

4.            Provide transitions between topics; your thoughts should have continuity; they should “hang together.”

5.            Support or illustrate your assertions. If, for instance, you agree with an author’s point, do not simply announce your agreement, but make sure you go on to say why you agree or disagree.

6.            Likewise, do not simply record your reactions (e.g., “I found this subject interesting”) without saying more about your reactions (e.g., say why you found it interesting).

7.            No bibliographic reference is needed for common knowledge (e.g., Canada is in North America) or for course material, but if you use course material, provide identifying information (e.g., a page number, a weblink, the minute number of a video, etc.) in the text of your essay so I can follow up your reference if I need to.

8.            If however you do use outside sources, provide full references for quoted material including page numbers. Choose a reference form (i.e., footnotes, endnotes, text notes) and use it consistently throughout. I don’t care which style you follow, just be consistent.

9.            If the topic asks for your views, use the first person (e.g., “I agree with so and so…”).

10.        Avoid trying to get too many thoughts into one sentence. If your sentences are getting too long, see if you can divide them into two or three smaller ones.

11.        Avoid using words like `he’, `him’, ‘man’, ‘mankind’, etc., to speak for all human experience.

12.        Feel free to support your ideas with examples from your own experience, but use these examples only to illustrate, support or challenge some point. In other words, do not simply recount some experience of yours for its own sake. I have no way of marking your experience.

13.        Avoid arguments based on any religious or anti-religious assumptions and commitments you might have. It’s not that these commitments are unimportant; it’s just that this course is about an academic approach to grief, death and dying. I have no way of marking your religious views. As with any personal experiences, feel free to talk about your personal religious views, but only for the purpose of making some larger point. In other words, do not preach or moralize from within any religious perspective.

14.        Do not simply reiterate course material.

15.        Proofread your work! If you do well in the above skills, but don’t have the writing skills to support your good thoughts, your mark will suffer.

Essay Topics:

  Discuss the film “Words of My Perfect Teacher” using ideas presented in Lesson 8. Focus on the teacher and the disciples. Discuss them using at least some of the themes from the Lesson such as idealization/de-idealization, submission/surrender, keeping an object within omnipotent control/surrendering this control, object relating/object usage.

·   If you are applying psychoanalytic theories in your essays, remember to do so provisionally. We can’t know for sure what’s going on in the mind of another, but we can make informed interpretations. Somehow indicate that your ideas are an interpretation, one way to think about your subject, not the certain “truth.”  







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