CIT 202 Theology and Religious Studies
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Assignment Using two or three texts from the Common Reader, write a 1500-2000 word essay (approximately 4-5 pages, double-spaced, in 12 point font) in which you explain how these texts represent perspectives of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) on one of the questions below: What does it mean to be human and what is my relationship with God? What does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose? What does it mean to form a more just society for the common good? As a reminder, the texts in the Common Reader are: Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate” Dorothy Day, “Poverty in the Face of Christ,” “The Mystery of the Poor,” “Room for Christ,” and “The Scandal of the Works of Mercy” Gustavo Gutiérrez, “The Option for the Poor Arises from Faith in Christ” Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” John Henry Newman, The Uses of Knowledge Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain Vatican Council II, “Nostra Aetate” State a clear, strong thesis statement(s) towards the beginning of the essay.
Make sure it identifies: 1. The CIT question for your essay and 2. The two-three texts you will discuss. In other words, tell me clearly in the first paragraph where you are going for your discussion. Please include at least ten citations. Again, please keep in mind that this is a minimum, not a maximum, and your essay may need more. Also, it will read superficially if you have only one or two citations for a particular text. Remember that paraphrases would count as one of the required citations and should always be cited.
Does the essay ONLY use texts from the Common Reader, as described in the instructions? (5 points)
How well is the thesis statement illustrated with appropriate content from the Common Reader that is relevant to one of the CIT questions as described in the instructions? Is the essay between 1500-2000 words? (10 points)
Are references (both direct quotes and paraphrases) properly cited? Does the essay include the minimum required references as described above? (10 points) How well is the textual evidence evaluated and interpreted to reflect the context? (10 points) How well is this evidence organized and synthesized to present a coherent explanation?
Did the author produce a lucidly written essay which conforms to the conventions of standard, written, academic English? (15 points) Four-point penalty for every day late. (Please remember that Sacred Heart’s policy is for professors to report final grades two days after the final exam period.)
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