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Sorry to be too late to do you much good, but I just discovered this Forum. Congratulations to you and to the institution where you will offer the course, for such an opportunity to influence the public discourse.
I have a suggestion for a paperback book that might be useful for at least a segment of your course. It is Darwin and the Bible; The Cultural Confrontation, edited by Richard H. Robbins and Mark Nathan Cohen, in the Penguin Academic series of Pearson Education, Inc., published in 2009. The two editors are anthropology professors at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh.
After a good Introduction by editor Robbins, the book is divided into three parts: 1) Attempting to resolve the debate; 2) Historical markers and the global impact of the debate; and 3) Evolution, religion, and the classroom. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a chapter on "Creation Matters" in the first part, between an excerpt from Stephen Jay Gould and an argument for theistic evolution from Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters. Contributions come from as wide a range as Ernst Mayr and Phillip Johnson. Historian Ed Larson has two chapters, one an excerpt from his Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (Modern Library, 2004). Editor Cohen provides "Conclusions" at the end. All in all, I found the book to be as open and fair-minded as a secular book could be. It is addressed primarily to undergraduates.
(How I came to write a chapter on creation, and how the book came to be dedicated to the memory of my son, well, that's another story, or two.)
We excommunicate all those who shall have taught the said errors or any one of them, or shall have dared in any way to defend or uphold them, or even to listen to them, unless they choose to reveal themselves to us or to the chancery of Paris within seven days; in addition to which we shall proceed against them by inflicting such other penalties as the law requires according to the nature of the offense.…25. That God has infinite power, not because He makes something out of nothing, but because He maintains infinite motion.…66. That God could not move the heaven in a straight line, the reason being that He would then leave a vacuum.…