Watch Kumare and Submit Guiding Questions

How this assignment fits into Module 1 and why we want you to do it:

The film Kumare is a fascinating documentary and case study which explores the formation and nature of religious belief. It provides a case study that further develops the themes of this module around the nature of religion, belief, and knowledge.

Film description from IMDB:

“A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.”

What you will get out of this assignment:

If you successfully complete this assignment, you will:

  • provided your unfiltered reaction to the content of the film.
  • analyze the evidence presented in the film to state three distinctive conclusions about religion, and support those conclusions with evidence and logical argumentation.

What we want you to do for this assignment:

Step One: Watch the video “Kumare” and take notes. Kumare is available to rent from Amazon:

To rent the video need $3.99

Step Two: Answer the following guiding questions. Cut and paste the questions below into your document and include them in the final submission.

  1. Reflect on the film. Write at least a paragraph which offers your unfiltered reaction to the content of the film.
  2. What are three conclusions can you draw about religion (its formation, nature, purpose, function etc) based on the evidence presented in the film? Please number your list. Each conclusion should be first stated succinctly in a sentence. Then explanation of that conclusion and how it connects to evidence from the film should be provided to support the validity of your conclusion through logical argumentation.

    Step Three: Submit your assignment to Dr. Grant. Remember to write your assignment in a program that will save your work (in case Canvas fails) and double check that your submission went through by checking your to-do list after you have pushed submit.

Guiding Question Rubric, Revised

Did the student write a thoughtful, substantive response to each of the assigned guiding questions, meeting the stated objectives?

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