Interview essay in comparative religion

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nterview Essay

  • Due
    Feb 9 by
    11:59pm
  • Points
    150
  • Submitting
    a file upload

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Instructions
For
this assignment you are required to sit down for a conversation with
someone whose religious identity differs from your own (this means that
if you identify as Christian, for example, you should find a
conversation partner who does not identify as such). The purpose of this
exercise is for you to engage with someone else in conversation. That
means that you will not only ask questions, but you will hopefully
answer questions about your own beliefs, as well.

Review the article for this activity, “Talking About Religion – How
to Do It Right” (link in Required Resources), for some guidance on how
to engage in conversations about religion before meeting with your
partner. You may also wish to share this information with your partner.

In this exercise, you will listen to the ideas of someone who you
identify as religiously “other.” You will share your own ideas and
report on what you learned. This would include what you learned about
your conversation partner’s beliefs, and how those beliefs compare to
your own religious upbringing and/or current practice.

The report should give a description of the major topics of
discussion and a detailed summary of what you learned. As part of your
assignment you should include the following:

  • Describe your conversation partner’s beliefs. Some things to consider include the following:
    • What are the material expressions of their tradition (statues, paintings, music, etc.)?
    • Do they see any conflict between the stated beliefs of their tradition and their own beliefs?
    • Based on your partner’s description, which theory of the origin of
      religions (Week 1) offers the best explanation for their approach to
      religion?
    • What challenges can your partner identify that their religious
      tradition faces in the modern world? Do they feel that their tradition
      is responding positively?
    • Is the tradition focused on belief (orthodoxy) or behavior (orthopraxis)?
    • Apply the 8 elements of religion from Week 1.
  • Provide some cultural and historical context for the religious
    tradition of your conversation partner. (It is important that you do
    some research before you have your conversation so that you are able to
    ask informed questions that come from genuine interest.) Make sure you
    use citations in your discussion of what you learned from your research.
  • Compare your partner’s beliefs and practices to your own religious
    upbringing and/or current practice. This is to be done in the report not
    as a debate with your partner.
  • Conclude with your personal reaction to this experience and any
    additional questions that came up after your conversation. Be kind!

This is a formal academic paper so pay careful attention to the basics of writing a good English composition.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1000-1200 words (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • References page (minimum of 1 scholarly source)

Grading
This activity will be graded based on the Written Assignment Grading Rubric.

Weekly Objectives (WO)
WO2.3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2

Due Date: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday

Rubric

Written Analysis Grading Rubric – 150 pts

Written Analysis Grading Rubric – 150 pts

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Length

5.0
pts
Outstanding

Meets length requirement

0.0
pts
No Effort

Does not meet length requirement

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Content

10.0
pts
Outstanding

Addresses all aspects of the assignment.

5.0
pts
Above Average

Addresses most aspects of the assignment.

4.0
pts
Average

Addresses some aspects of the assignment.

3.0
pts
Below Average

Addresses few aspects of the assignment.

0.0
pts
No Effort

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Analysis & Support

75.0
pts
Outstanding

Throughout
the whole work, the writing shows depth of critical thought; leverages
course materials and outside resources to support assertions; supports
claims with detailed and persuasive examples.

48.0
pts
Above Average

Throughout
most of the work, the writing shows depth of critical thought;
leverages course materials and outside resources to support assertions;
supports claims with detailed and persuasive examples.

42.0
pts
Average

Throughout
some of the work, the writing shows depth of critical thought;
leverages course materials and outside resources to support assertions;
supports claims with detailed and persuasive examples.

34.0
pts
Below Average

Throughout
little of the work, the writing shows depth of critical thought;
leverages course materials and outside resources to support assertions;
supports claims with detailed and persuasive examples.

0.0
pts
No Effort

75.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Organization

30.0
pts
Outstanding

Paper
is clear and cohesive. Central idea is developed and expanded.
Introduction and Conclusion support the overall flow of the paper.

22.0
pts
Above Average

Paper
is basically well-organized and clear. Central idea is clearly
discernible and is developed with a minimum of non-related material
present.

19.0
pts
Average

Paper has some issues with flow and cohesion. Central ideas are stated, but not developed. Paper lacks organization.

15.0
pts
Below Average

Paper lacks organization and has difficulty staying on track. Central themes are difficult to identify.

0.0
pts
No Effort

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
Writing

20.0
pts
Outstanding

Throughout
the whole work, the writing actively engages with the topic; is free of
major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; demonstrates strong
word choice and sentence variety.

14.0
pts
Above Average

Throughout
most of the work, the writing actively engages with the topic; is free
of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; demonstrates
strong word choice and sentence variety.

12.0
pts
Average

Throughout
some of the work, the writing actively engages with the topic; is free
of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; demonstrates
strong word choice and sentence variety.

10.0
pts
Below Average

Throughout
little of the work, the writing actively engages with the topic; is
free of major errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; demonstrates
strong word choice and sentence variety.

0.0
pts
No Effort

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
APA: Citation and Reference Formatting

10.0
pts
Outstanding

Throughout
the whole work, in-text references are formatted using APA style;
references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources
using APA style; format (margins, spacing font size) adheres to APA
style.

6.0
pts
Above Average

Throughout
most of the work, in-text references are formatted using APA style;
references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources
using APA style; format (margins, spacing font size) adheres to APA
style.

5.0
pts
Average

Throughout
some of the work, in-text references are formatted using APA style;
references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources
using APA style; format (margins, spacing font size) adheres to APA
style.

4.0
pts
Below Average

Throughout
little of the work, in-text references are formatted using APA style;
references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources
using APA style; format (margins, spacing font size) adheres to APA
style.

0.0
pts
No Effort

10.0 pts

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