EAC497 - Mystic Journeys

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Subject Title
Mystic Journeys

Subject Description
So much of what people seek in life involves raising their level of consciousness. The development of higher states of consciousness primarily comes from an inner desire for deeper contact with our own being and a richer understanding of what it means to be human. In turn, this awakens compassion for others and an appreciation for the human condition as we find it in the world, and a desire to be of service to humanity.

To know ourselves and others more profoundly; to ascend to a less biased and more universal perspective; and, to explore the mystical part of life is the focus of this course. 

Credit Status
One General Education credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the meaning of consciousness and being
  2. Define mysticism and its relationship to consciousness
  3. Apply the understanding of these terms to enrich and expand one's own beliefs and values
  4. Explore related  themes  such as intuition, awareness, healing, karma, paranormal and mystical experience and its meaning for personal growth

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Co-requisite EAC149 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, presentation and research skills while exploring different aspects of the"personal journey" -  to better understand our place in the universe through an exploration of text, film, mystic practices, meditation, philosophy and science. 

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or computer-aided instruction.  

Prescribed Texts
Hesse, H. Siddhartha. Bantam Classics
Coelho, P. The Pilgrimage. HarperCollins

Additional readings to be assigned by the professor

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary/thesaurus.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher.

Term Work
The term work will constitute 75% of the final grade. The instructor's class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value.  All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final examination will constitute 25% of the final grade. Students will respond to the exam questions in essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC497: Mystic Journeys.

Grading scheme:

Journal 10%
In-Class Written Assignments 30%
Seminar Presentations 15%
Major Paper 20%
Final Examination 25%

Student Success:

Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time, and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood