World Order of Baha'u'llah course

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Posted by Jonah on June 14, 2000 at 03:17:35:

Wilmette Institute Studies in the Bahá'í Faith Program
Exploring Shoghi Effendi's Writings Course Series
Introduction to The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh

TOPIC: The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh is perhaps the most important work by Shoghi Effendi. It consists of seven letters penned between 1930 and 1936 to the Bahá'ís of the United States and Canada. The letters treat some of the most important subjects addressed by the Guardian: the stations of Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and the Administrative Order, which otherwise might never have been grasped clearly; the nature, and purpose of the Bahá'í Administrative Order and its relationship to other forms of organization, a matter vital to understanding the Faith's uniqueness; and the relationship between the Administrative Order and the Golden Age, crucial for understanding the future of the Faith. A clear understanding of these epistles is essential for a well-deepened Bahá'í.

DATES: July 1, 2000, to September 30, 2000

TEXTS: Students should purchase a copy of The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh if they do not have one. The Institute will supply study material.

    Dr. Phyllis Bernard
    Dr. Sandra Hutchison
    Mr. Dann May
    Dr. Muhammad-Ali Mazidi
    Dr. Robert Stockman

COST: $150
A twenty percent discount is available when registering as part of a local group of three or more (who pledge to meet together semi-monthly to study the texts). Larger discounts are available for even larger groups who plan to study the course together. Students who have taken one of the previous Shoghi Effendi courses will also receive a 20% discount. Financial aid is available for those in economic hardship or those devoting their careers to the Faith. (Discounts are not cumulative; unless a student requests financial aid, the maximum discount is 20%

There are no residential requirements, for the course is conducted by correspondence and over the internet.

The course may be taken at the introductory level (a basic course that will help students teach the Faith more effectively), the intermediate level (for more in-depth study) or the advanced level (equivalent to graduate-level study).

WORK EXPECTATIONS: The course will take five to ten hours of work each week and will involve:
  1. Reading and using the knowledge you acquire. The course is divided into a series of units, each of which involves reading an epistle in World Order of Bahá'u'lláh and any related texts. The course offers a series of study questions and learning projects on the readings, including giving a deepening or fireside; doing an artistic project; or finishing a writing project about it.

  2. Assistance by a mentor/advisor, who reviews and comments on all homework you do, and answers your questions.

  3. For those who are part of local study groups, discussion assignments are provided.

  4. Participation in "WOB," the course's e-mail discussion group. Because of the speed and efficiency that e-mail provides, all students are urged to acquire e-mail for the course.

  5. Access to the course's password-protected web site, which includes additional study material and completed sample homework assignments.

  6. Voluntary participation in conference calls with up to five other students and a faculty member.

  7. Completion of a final project that involves review of the material studied, evaluation of what one has learned, and systematic application of it to teaching and deepening.

    GRADING OPTIONS: The courses is usually taken pass/fail with review and comments about assignments by the instructor. It may be taken for a grade (A, B, C, D, F).

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