Course Number: HIS 351

Course Title: Eastern Civilization I

Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA STD

pkucer@holyapostles.edu

  1. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers the foundational thought and beliefs of Eastern Civilization stemming from its ancient history. These essential concepts and beliefs will be studied from a Catholic perspective with special reference to magisterial documents and papal writings.

2        ENVISIONED LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. COURSE SCHEDULE

The following schedule will lead students through the foundational thought and beliefs of Eastern Civilization stemming from its ancient history.  These essential concepts and beliefs will be studied from a Catholic perspective with special reference to magisterial documents and papal writings.

Week 1: Man and Civilization

                        1. Read Lecture 1/Chapter 1

                        2. Read Chapter I The Asian Context numbers 5-9 of Ecclesia in Asia http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_06111999_ecclesia-in-asia.html 

                        3. Take Quiz 1

                        4. Respond to Week 1 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        5. Carefully read the syllabus. Please notice that the term paper is due Monday April 10th. The highest grade a late paper will receive is a B. Papers will be posted online by the professor.

Week 2: Ancient China and India 

                        1. Read Lecture 2/Chapter 2

                        2. Read Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI numbers 1-7. http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est.html 

                        3. Respond to Week 2 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 2

Week 3: Vedanta Hinduism

                        1. Read Lecture 3/Chapter 3        

                        2. Read St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica Part I, Question 3. The simplicity of God, Article 4. Is He composed of essence and existence?, “I answer that…” http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1003.htm#article4

                        3. Respond to Week 3 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 3

Week 4: Yoga Hinduism 

                        1. Read Lecture 4/Chapter 4

                        2. Read Numbers 26-28 of Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19891015_meditazione-cristiana_en.html

                        3. Respond to Week 4 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 4

Week 5: Indian Extreme Pluralism and Persian (Iranian) Dualism 

                        1. Read Lecture 5/Chapter 5

                        2. Read St. Augustine’s Against the Fundamental Epistle of Manichaeus Chapters 33-38. http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1405.htm

                        3. Respond to Week 5 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 5

Week 6: Midterm Week

  1. Midterm

         The midterm will be drawn from quizzes 1-5.

Week 7: Hindu Gods: Monotheism and Pantheism 

                        1. Read Lecture 6/Chapter 6

                        2. Read number 2, especially the second to last paragraph starting with “When, therefore, the Truth prays…” of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), http://www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/LATERAN4.HTM#1

                        3. Respond to Week 7 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 6

Week 8: Buddha 

                        1. Read Lecture 7/Chapter 7

                        2. Read Numbers 16-25 especially 20 and 23 of Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19891015_meditazione-cristiana_en.html

                        3. Respond to Week 8 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 7

Week 9: Mahayana, Theravada, and Tibetan Buddhism 

  1. Read Lecture 8/Chapter 8
  2. Read numbers 84-95, especially the section titled “The dogmas of the faith”, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm

                        3. Respond to Week 9 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 8

Week 10: Laozi, Daoism, and Chinese Buddhism

                        1. Read Lecture 9/Chapter 9

                        2. Read numbers 9 and 10 from the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s “The Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct” http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20080511_bibbia-e-morale_en.html

                        3. Respond to Week 10 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 9

Week 11: Confucius and Confucianism 

                        1. Read Lecture 10/Chapter 10

                        2. Read Numbers 1-6 of Fides et Ratio http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_14091998_fides-et-ratio.html

                        3. Respond to Week 11 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 10

Week 12: Confucian Schools and Reconciliation with Daoism 

                        1. Read Lecture 11/Chapter 11

                        2. Read numbers 396-409, section titled “Original Sin”, of the Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm

                        3. Respond to Week 12 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 11

Week 13: Legalism 

  1. Term Paper is due Monday April 10th. The highest grade a late paper will receive is a B. Papers will be posted online by the professor.
  2. Read Lecture 12/Chapter 12

                        2. Read bk. I, chapter 15, numbers 106 and 107 of Thomas Aquinas’s, De Regno http://dhspriory.org/thomas/DeRegno.htm#15

                        3. Respond to Week 13 Discussion Posts and to at least one student in a quality manner. See Community Interaction Rubric.

                        4. Take Quiz 12

Week 14: Term Papers Due 

  1. Respond to Week 14 Discussion Posts on Term Papers

Week 15: Final Exam LAST WEEK OF CLASSES

                        1. Take Final Exam

4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

        1. Quizzes: 10%

        2. Discussion Posts – 15%

        3. Community Interaction – 10%

4. Paper: 45% (The research paper is due _________. The highest grade a late paper will receive is a B. Papers will be posted online by the professor.)

        5. Midterm: 10%

        6. Final Exam: 10%

Further explanations:

  1. There will be weekly quizzes on the lectures and readings.
  2. The topics of the term papers are to be narrow and specific, and need prior approval from the instructor.  Students will be given a list of topics to choose from.  The paper is to be at minimum 1500 words and is to be properly sourced.
  3. The material for the midterm and final exam will be based on the weekly quizzes.

  1. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES

  1. Fr. Kucer’s lectures will be provided to students.

All other reading material will be accessible by way of internet links. A few of the most important readings are as follows.

  1. The 1989 “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation” http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19891015_meditazione-cristiana_en.html
  2. Ecclesia in Asia http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_06111999_ecclesia-in-asia.html
  3. Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI numbers 1-7. http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20051225_deus-caritas-est.html
  4. Selected excerpts from St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica http://www.newadvent.org/summa/index.html
  5. Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm
  6. The Pontifical Biblical Commission’s The Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Conduct http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20080511_bibbia-e-morale_en.html
  7. Fides et Ratio http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_14091998_fides-et-ratio.html
  8. Thomas Aquinas, De Regno, http://dhspriory.org/thomas/DeRegno.htm#15,

  1. RECOMMENDED READINGS and RESOURCES:

7.  EVALUATION

Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below

Grading Rubric for Papers

1 (F)

2 (D)

3 (C)

4 (B)

5 (A)

CONTENT

Absence of Understanding

Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic

Misunderstanding

Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them

Adequate Understanding

Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them

Solid understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides

Insightful understanding

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts of the topic through the use of examples and by making connections to other concepts

WRITING & EXPRESSION

Incomplete writing

Posting is only partially written or fails to address the topic

Writing difficult to understand, serious improvement needed

Posting touches only on the surface of the topic and proceeds to talk about something else; confusing organization or development; little elaboration of position; insufficient control of sentence structure and vocabulary; unacceptable number of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage

Acceptable writing, but could use some sharpening of skill

Posting is an uneven response to parts of the topic; somewhat conventional treatment: satisfactory organization, but more development needed; adequate syntax and diction, but could use more vigor; overall control of grammar, mechanics, and usage, but some errors

Solid writing with something interesting to say

Posting is an adequate response to the topic; some depth and complexity in treatment; persuasive organization and development, with suitable reasons and examples; level-appropriate syntax and diction;  mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage, with hardly any error

command-level writing, making a clear impression

Posting is a thorough response to the topic; thoughtful and insightful examination of issues; compelling organization and development; superior syntax and diction; error-free grammar, mechanics, and usage

RESEARCH

Missing Research

Paper shows no evidence of research: citation of sources missing.

Inadequate research and/or documentation

Over-reliance on few sources; spotty documentation of facts in text; pattern of citation errors.

Weak research and/or documentation

Inadequate number or quality of sources; many facts not referenced; several errors in citation format.

Adequate research and documentation but needs improvement

Good choice of sources but could be improved with some additions or better selection; did not always cite sources.

Solid research and documentation

A number of relevant scholarly sources revealing solid research; sources appropriately referenced in paper; only a few minor citation errors.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION (50-word response)

0  Points                     6.25 Points                        12.5 Points               18.75 Points                25 Points

Inadequate response

Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”

Poor response

Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.

Acceptable response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds.

Individually-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the posting to which it responds and fosters its development.

Community-conscious contributory response

Response makes a contribution to the learning community and fosters its development.

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, STD, MSA, is the Academic Dean of Holy Apostles College and Seminary and an Assistant Professor.  He completed his STD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in January, 2012.  His interests include the relationship of Catholic doctrine to history, politics, economics and scientific reasoning.  While teaching he is studying these relationships from the standpoint of stability and change.  Another relationship that is of great interest to him is between Catholicism and Judaism again from the standpoint of continuity and change.Peter Samuel Kucer

13. EASTERN CIVILIZATION ONLINE TERM PAPER TOPICS

Visual Arts

        Topics:

  1. Early Buddhist Art                

Subtopics: Stupa, Swastika, Mudras, Memorial Pillars

        2. The Elaboration of Mahayana in India

                Subtopics: Avatar, Bodhisattvas, Mathura style, Sarnath style,

        3. Hindu Revival

                Subtopics: Palava style, Stupika,

        4. The Bronze Age in China

Subtopics: Oracle bones, Rammed Earth, Split Animal Shang Chinese animal mask design

        5. The Qin and Han Dynasties

                Subtopics: Great Wall of China, Cosmic mirrors, Silk Route, Terra-cotta warriors        

        6. The Six Dynasties and Northern Wei

                Subtopics: Pagoda, Ushnisha,

        7. The Song Dynasty

Subtopics: Song Ceramics, Cizhou ware, Ding ware, Guan ware, Jian ware, Jun ware, Longquan ware, Mandala circle, Qingbai ware, Yue ware,

        9. The Ming and Qing Dynasties

                Subtopics: Ming Dynasty Ceramics, Gong Xian, Zhu Da,        

        10. The Kofun Period and Continental Contacts

                Subtopics: Haniwa, Palmette, Sue ware

Asian Dance:

        1. India: The Divine Dance of Life and Death

        2. Dance in Southeast Asia

        3. The Famous Dance Cultures of Indonesia

        4. China: Vast and Ancient, with a Love of Music and Dance

        5. Japanese Performing Arts

        6. Dances of Sri Lanka/Nepal/ Bhutan

        7. Dances of Pakistan

        8. Dances of India

        9. Dances of India

        10. Dances of India

        11. Dances of Indonesia

        12. Dances of Indonesia

        13. Dances of Malaysia/Philippines

        14. Dances of Thailand/Burma

        15. Dances Vietnam/Cambodia

        16. Dances of China/Mongolia

        17. Dances of China

        18. Dances of China

        19. Dances of Korea

        20. Dances of Korea

Asian Martial Arts

        Topics

        1. Chinese Martial Arts

        2. Japanese Martial Arts

        3. Korean Martial Arts

        4. South Asian Martial Arts

        5. Southeast Asian Martial Arts

Asian Culinary Arts

        Topics:

  1. Ancient India

Subtopic: Sacred Cows

  1. Chinese Cuisine

Subtopic: Yin and Yang

  1. Japanese Cuisine

Subtopic: Zen Aesthetics

Eastern Floral Design

        Topics:

        Asian Floral Design (Broad overview)

        Chinese Floral Design

        Japanese Floral Design