SIKHISM

Assignment 2: Report on Religious Field Research worth 120 points

You are to pick one (1) of the religions studied (with which you are not very familiar) and do one of these three (3) things:

  • Attend a religious service, or
  • Visit a religious education center and interview a member of that faith, or
  • Attend a “virtual religious service” and complete additional research (for a list of services, see below before the rubric).

Write a 5-7 page paper in which you:

  1. Discuss any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched.
  2. Analyze how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter.
  3. Discuss whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explain why or why not.
  4. Recommend at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own.

Keep the points to be covered in your paper in mind during your religious field research to help guide your encounter. The purpose of your field research (whether actual or virtual) is to test your own assumptions about this religion.

Pay attention to what is important to people inside the religion, what they do, what they profess, how they act, what they value, what they talk about, and what they tell you about their religion. The easiest way to understand what is important to someone else is let them tell you about their faith, their traditions, and their religious practices. The most important thing to do is to keep an open mind and listen. No matter which of the three (3) routes you take for your field research, you will be looking for the same information.

A note about attending religious services in person: Please keep in mind that if you choose to attend a religious service in person, you are a guest and should be as respectful as humanly possible. While you may be attending the service from the perspective of an objective (and hopefully inquisitive) observer, most of the other people will be attending the service as part of their religious practices. Please do the following before you go:

  • Call the place you wish to attend and ask if it is okay to attend as an observer.
  • Ask if someone could (or should) act as a host when you attend.
  • Ask if anyone would be willing to speak with you after the service to explain what happened and to answer a few questions about the basics of the religion.

Customer :

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length.

Virtual Worship Services

NOTE: Students will still need to find and to interview a “real” person for this assignment.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the varieties of religious experience and practice in a wide range of cultures.
  • Recognize how daily life within various religions and current affairs are influenced by religion.
  • Analyze the similarities and differences in the primary beliefs held by major religious traditions and the cultures in which these religions evolved.
  • Develop written pieces that demonstrate an analysis of a topic relevant to the course.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in religion.
  • Write clearly and concisely about world religions using proper writing mechanics

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Assignment 2: Report on Religious Field Research

Criteria

0

Unacceptable

10

Developing

15

Competent

20

Exemplary

1. Discuss any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched. Did not complete the assignment or did not discuss any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially discussed any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched; omitted some key information. Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently discussed any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully discussed any misconceptions you had about the religion you researched. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
2. Analyze how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter. Did not complete the assignment or did not analyze how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially analyzed how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter; omitted some key information. Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently analyzed how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully analyzed how your prior understanding about this religion was altered (if at all) through your encounter. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
3. Discuss whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explain why or why not. Did not complete the assignment or did not discuss whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explain why or why not; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially discussed whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explained why or why not; omitted some key information. Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently discussed whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explained why or why not. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully discussed whether you believe misconceptions about other people’s religion are common and explained why or why not. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
4. Recommend at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own. Did not complete the assignment or did not recommend at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own; omitted information and/or included irrelevant information. Completed with less than 60% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Partially recommended at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own; omitted some key information. Completed with 60-79% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Sufficiently recommended at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own. Completed with 80-89% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic. Fully recommended at least one (1) step that could be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions not their own. Completed with 90-100% accuracy, thoroughness, and logic.
5. Clarity Did not complete the assignment or explanations are unclear and not organized. (Major issues) Explanations generally unclear and not well organized. (Many issues) Explanations generally clear and /or organized. (Minor issues) Explanations very clear and well organized. (Added helpful details)
6. Writing – Grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. Did not complete the assignment or had 8 or more different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Major issues) Had 6-7 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Many issues) Had 4-5 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required. (Minor issues) Had 0-3 different errors in grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation, and APA usage, if required.