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Experience needs to be related to Hinduism
3. First section of paper details what you did and when. (#2,3,or 4 below).
4. Second section of the paper details what you learned in response to the chosen option.
5. Third section of the paper provides your personal reflection of the experience.

Experiences/Interviews: General Guide
Worth UP TO 30 points per experience!
One of the best ways to learn about religion and culture is to visit a religious, cultural, or sacred place or speak to a follower. The experience of meeting believers, reading about beliefs, or witnessing sacred events can teach us more than merely reading a text.
You may choose to visit a religious service and write a field report/ reflection on your visit along with a paragraph about the religious group/place. Visit a service and then write a report of your visit by following a list of guidelines provided below. You must visit the place or speak with the people during the current semester or up to a max of 4 months prior.
Or, you may choose to visit an educational place such as the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, the Holocaust Museum, History Museums, or related venues. Visit the place and then write a report/reflection of your visit following the guidelines below.
The last option would be that you may choose to have an interview/conversation with at least 3 people (followers or leaders) of the religion and write a reflection about what each said and a comparison between what the followers shared.
If you are unsure whether someplace counts as an experience speak with the professor. Additionally, some places may be able to count for multiple religions so speak with the instructor about this. You can combine this assignment with other assignments. See instructor during office hours.
More Specific Details on Sections
The first section needs to include include details on the name of the place / names of the people (with contact information for verification), the religious or sacred association(s), when the place was founded, and other facts about the place, activity, or people encountered for the experience.
The second section is about what you learned of the religion/spirituality from the experience/interviews. Think of using terms from the beginning of class such as monotheistic, polytheistic, atheism, cosmological, transcendental, or terms related to the religion itself. Do NOT repeat what you stated in the first section!
In the third section reflect on your personal encounter with the religious/educational experience/interviews. Include your thoughts, reactions, what you felt, and a comparison to what you may already have known or believed. You can also use this section to compare the experience to your own experience with the sacred/religious.
There is no specific number of words or pages required to complete this assignment so long as the heading, three sections, and resource page are complete.
Document is to be submitted via canvas. E-mailed experiences/interviews will not be graded.
3pts – Heading and grammar
3pts – Information on where you visited / Who you interviewed
12 pts – Detail of what you learned
12 pts – Personal reflection
Use For: Experience Assignments, Video
Reviews, and especially Mini-Papers!

Each assignment should include a heading with your name, course section number, date, and any other information required by specific assignment.
Any formal and academic writing in this class means:
Proper footnote or endnote citations
(Chicago Style/ CMS: see Reference Section for links).
Proper Bibliography page (Chicago Style / CMS)
Use of proper grammar! Avoid slang unless it is part of a quote! You may lose points for grammatical and spelling errors.
Remember to take the topic of your assignment/paper seriously and to engage the subject matter applying reflective, critical, creative, and analytical thinking. Be sure to clearly state the topic you are addressing.
For Mini-papers have an introduction, body, and conclusion in your paper.
The introduction is where you are setting up what the specific subject and question you are answering is. The introduction sets about to explain why this topic is important, resolves an issue or responds to a specific question(s), and tells how the paper will be organized. Get to the point of your paper and explain what your goal is for the paper. Introduce your agenda for the assignment not the general or broader topic area.
The body of your paper is the argument. This is where you bring in your resources, citations, data, and analysis, give example and detail to your argument. The body will be made of multiple sections and will look back to the introduction and forward to the conclusion.
The conclusion is not just the summary or full restatement of your introduction. Rather, this is where you drive home the point and give the answer to the question you pose in the introduction. The most important points of the body can be re-framed here to provide the key points, but be careful not to simply summarize.
In general, with your writing avoid the following words as much as possible. Overuse may result in point deductions.
Next, Now, Another. Especially avoid these as the start of a section.
Thing, things, it. Define your subject clearly and avoid these words as often as possible.
Basically, a lot. Both words are overused and unnecessary, work to avoid them.
Discuss, talk about, and look at. You are not having a discussion in your paper. Better terms to describe what you are conducting in your paper are: analyzing, critiquing, studying, investigating, inquiring into, diagnosing, surveying, or summarizing.
Avoid contractions! You may lose points.
See the syllabus regarding plagiarism! Cheating/plagiarism on any assignment will result in zero points for that assignment.
The same rules are required for almost all assignments. For assignments, you may use textbooks, class notes, class videos, other additional academic sources, or a source specific to that religion. Educational books found at the HCC library should be acceptable. If in doubt about a resource speak with the instructor. If you use a book online and not a hardcover book, please make note of that through proper citation and bibliography. Include URL
Websites that are used MUST come from the approved list, be of the specific Religious group being researched (seek approval if unsure), be an academically oriented educational site, be a known and reputable museum, or be approved by the instructor. The entire Website address MUST on the Bibliography page.
You can lose points for unapproved sites. You will lose up to 10% of the assignment points for each use of a Wiki, Blog, ABOUT, FAQ, or similar site (even from .edu pages). If an online search or submission shows materials from these websites it will be assumed, you used those websites. (**write out the website address of your online sources to avoid this assumption)
Do not use one religious site to provide facts about another. This will result in a loss of points. Example: Do not use a Christian apologetics website to talk about Buddhism.
Some Acceptable Sites (specifically useful for Mini-Papers):
Wabash Center: http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/resources/guide_headings.aspx
(Links to an external site.)
Encyclopedia of Religion & Society: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/ency/
(Links to an external site.)
Journal of Religion & Pop Culture: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_religion_and_popular_culture/
(Links to an external site.)
Internet Sacred Text Archive: http://www.sacred-texts.com/
(Links to an external site.)
Journal of Alternative & Emergent Religions: http://www.novareligio.org/
(Links to an external site.)
CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions): http://www.cesnur.org/default.htm
(Links to an external site.)
Worldwide Religion news: http://www.worldreligionnews.com/
(Links to an external site.)
Cambria University Overview of World Religions: http://www.philtar.ac.uk/encyclopedia/
(Links to an external site.)
ARDA Association of Religion Data Archives: http://www.thearda.com/about/
(Links to an external site.)
BBC (should have additional .edu/academic sources) http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/
(Links to an external site.)
Virtual Religion Index: http://virtualreligion.net/vri/academic.html
(Links to an external site.)
PEW Research: http://pewresearch.org/
(Links to an external site.)

Reference Instructions
ONLY Chicago Manual Style will be used!
You may use endnote or footnotes for citations.
You will want to have a bibliography/resource page for Mini-Papers.
Here are a few suggested sources to assist with citations/bibliography!
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