Course Number: HIS 351
Course Title: Eastern Civilization I
Fr. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA STD
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
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
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
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
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
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%
All other reading material will be accessible by way of internet links. A few of the most important readings are as follows.
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).
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
Absence of Understanding
Posting shows no awareness of the concepts addressed in the topic by shifting off-topic
Posting demonstrates a misunderstanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic through an inability to re-explain them
Posting demonstrates an adequate understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic by a re-explanation of them
Posting demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts addressed in the topic and uses that understanding effectively in the examples it provides
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
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
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
Response merely provides laudatory encouragement for original post, e.g., “Excellent post! You really have thought of something there.”
Response misses the point of the original posting or merely summarizes original posting to which it responds.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
13. EASTERN CIVILIZATION ONLINE TERM PAPER TOPICS
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
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
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
Subtopic: Sacred Cows
Subtopic: Yin and Yang
Subtopic: Zen Aesthetics
Eastern Floral Design
Asian Floral Design (Broad overview)
Chinese Floral Design
Japanese Floral Design