Study Questions on Issues and Ideas, Myth and Religion

1.) Where does an Issues and Ideas course fit in the Monmouth College General Education Curriculum?

2.) How does an Issues and Ideas course relate to other courses in the Gen Ed Curriculum?

3.) What sort of intellectual flexibility do you think students are expected to have in their senior year? How do they acquire this flexibility?

4.) What are the conditions of life which you think might be addressed in an Issues and Ideas course?

5.) What are some of the various viewpoints which might effectively be used in an Issues and Ideas course?

6.) What are the particular viewpoints which you bring to the course because of your academic and career interests?

7.) What do you think is meant by the "critical response" to concerns raised in an Issues and ideas course? Give an example.

8.) In what ways might you justify this course to a family member or friend who asks why you are not taking a course in your major?

9.) In what way is religion an issue which any responsible citizen must confront?

10.) How would you best describe the relationship between religious beliefs and intellectual flexibility? Why do you think this is the case?

11.) What religious ideas address the conditions and well-being of life?

12.) What is a myth? Give an example.

13.) What is your definition of religion?

14.) Can you give and example of one personís religion as anotherís myth?

15.) How do you think myth and religion the same? How do you think they are different?

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