"Elements of Religion"

Team Activities

Writing Assignments

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Schedule - Introduction

All readings in this schedule should ideally be completed by the day under which they are listed, although this requirement is only assessed during TRAs and team application exercises. All numbers in the schedule are page numbers unless otherwise noted.

CAUTION: I reserve the right to make revisions to these on-line materials prior to their discussion in class at the relevant point in the semester. Therefore WAIT until that time to print out materials you wish to have on hand, such as terms, excerpts and assignment guidelines.

Introduction: "Hinduism," Contemporary Sacramento, & Team-Based Learning

Dates Tasks Readings
Tue, January 24

personal introductions

open inquiry: "what is learning?"

review of syllabus

  • locate and explore this on-line syllabus
    (congrats on finding it!)
  • purchase course reader (see "Sources") or books (see "Sources")
  • check out www.csus.edu/sringeri (Sringeri Multi-Media Archive)
Thu, January 26

overview of team-based learning & TRA ("Team Readiness Assessment")

intro to study materials:

sample orientation to readings

LOCATE details re: assigned TERMS & EXCERPTS in this primary source:

  • selections from "American Hindus"
    (download from the "Learning Modules" tab of SacCT)

LOCATE additional details re: assigned TERMS in these overviews:

VIEW/BROWSE images related to terms & sources:
"Worship at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple" (YouTube)
"Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, CA" (Wikipedia Image)

Tue, January 31 prep for trial application exercise

form teams & trial TRA

(same as above)

Thu, February 2

trial application exercise

(*NOTES REQUIRED* - use optional application worksheet if helpful)
(PDF | MS Word)


  • selections from "American Hindus" (RDR, 1-21)
    (download from the "Learning Modules" tab of SacCT)

PREPARE NOTES addressing the following focus:

In "American Hindus," Diana Eck describes both

  • Hindu immigrants gathering for worship and community events in temples and retreat centers (p.80-86, 116-20, 123-40); and
  • proponents of assimilated Hinduism congregating to learn about and gain insight into the Hindu traditions that inspire them (p.96-108).

Both groups adapt traditional Hindu ideas and practices to fit in with contemporary American culture.

Identify scenes (people, actions and words occurring in a particular setting) in the author's descriptions that show the way (i) participants' practice and (ii) what they reflect about shape one another during each of the events described.

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