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REL-R 133: INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION (18621)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Michelson, Patrick Lally
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 1:00 PM — 2:15 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 310
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

What is religion? The word of God? A blueprint of the nature of things? A human response to uncertainty and suffering? A conspiracy of forces known or unknown? A set of universal ideals? This course is a consideration of some of the ideas, figures, and practices evoked by the word religion. We will read scriptures, philosophies, and literatures that challenge us to think through our various assumptions about religion, and, in turn, we will have cause to ponder the terms we use to identify and study it, such as the divine, the sacred, nature, supernaturalism, ritual, spirit, value, God, human being, reality, and the secular.

REL-R 152: JEWS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS (19951)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: TBA
Course Duration: 10/20/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 4:40 PM — 6:40 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 319
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-R 153: RELIGIONS OF ASIA (10708)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Blair, Heather Elizabeth
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 11:15 AM — 12:05 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 307
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-R 153: RELIGIONS OF ASIA (10707)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Blair, Heather Elizabeth
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 10:10 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: Sycamore Hall 200
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-R 153: RELIGIONS OF ASIA (10705)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Blair, Heather Elizabeth
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MW 4:40 PM — 5:30 PM
Location: Psychology 100
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-R 153: RELIGIONS OF ASIA (13902)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Blair, Heather Elizabeth
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 12:20 PM — 1:10 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 307
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-R 160: INTRO TO RELIGION IN AMERICA (19950)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Harriss, Mathew Cooper
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MWF 3:35 PM — 4:25 PM
Location: Chemistry 001
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H DUS

Ghosts, monsters, demons, and aliens have long occupied central places in American religion and culture. Whether conceived of as real or imaginary, friendly or terrifying, these otherworldly creatures embody some of Americans¿ deepest hopes and fears. By reading folk tales, spiritualist poetry, alien abduction narratives, vampire novels, and demonology manuals and by watching movies, TV shows, and Youtube videos, we will explore what Americans¿ fascination with ghosts, monsters, demons, and aliens reveal about changing religious briefs and trends. This course provides an engaging, accessible introduction to the study of American religion and culture, both historically and in the present, while developing skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and analysis of documents that will help students to prepare for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and for careers in a variety of professions, including business, law, medicine, and education.

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31358)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 10:10 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31362)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 2:30 PM — 3:20 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31361)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 1:25 PM — 2:15 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31360)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 11:15 AM — 12:05 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (16116)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MW 11:15 AM — 12:05 PM
Location: Woodburn Hall 120
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31359)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 12:20 PM — 1:10 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-R 170: RELIGION, ETHICS & PUBLIC LIFE (31357)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Stalnaker, Aaron Dean
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 9:05 AM — 9:55 AM
Location: Sycamore Hall 108
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-B 210: INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM (15821)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Nance, Richard F.
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 1:00 PM — 2:15 PM
Location: Myers Hall 130
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to Buddhism, broadly conceived. We will survey the development of Buddhist thought and practice, from its origins in India to its subsequent expansions into other parts of the world. The course has two main aims: to familiarize you with basic Buddhist ideas and practices as these have taken shape in various historical and cultural settings, and to invite you to think critically and carefully about these ideas and practices and what they imply for those who espouse and engage in them. In pursuit of these aims, we will be reading a number of primary sources in translation, together with several additional texts that will help you to contextualize this material. We will be screening several films as well. No previous knowledge of Buddhism is necessary, nor will any be presumed.

REL-A 220: INTRO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (18539)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Schott, Jeremy M
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 12:20 PM — 1:10 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 105
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-A 220: INTRO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (16950)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Schott, Jeremy M
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 10:10 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: Student Building 150
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-A 220: INTRO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (18537)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Schott, Jeremy M
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 10:10 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: Sycamore Hall 105
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-A 220: INTRO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT (18538)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Schott, Jeremy M
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: F 11:15 AM — 12:05 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 105
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-B 220: INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM (15526)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Manring, Rebecca
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MWF 2:30 PM — 3:20 PM
Location: Chemistry 001
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

Approximately one out of every five people on our diverse planet identifies themselves as Hindus. This course is a historical survey of the major movements within the Hindu religious tradition. While tracing the history we will explore the creative tension between the ascetic¿s quest for freedom and the householder¿s search for enjoyment. This provides an opportunity to examine such religious issues as differing views of the self, the nature of the world and the ultimate goal of life. We¿ll examine the classical texts of the Hindu traditions, such as the Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, and Gitagovinda, and also view films and slides to gain access to the rich visual dimension of contemporary Hindu culture.

REL-A 230: INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM (34515)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Press, Michael David
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 4:00 PM — 5:15 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 219
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-A 250: INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY (16956)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Brown, Candy Gunther
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MW 9:30 AM — 10:45 AM
Location: Ballantine Hall 109
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

This course will teach you new things about a familiar religion. Nearly two billion people around the world today describe themselves as Christians, including a majority of people in the U.S. So most people believe they have at least a basic knowledge of Christianity. But Christianity is in fact bewilderingly diverse. We may be able to agree on a simple definition: Christianity is the religion of people who believe in the gospel that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world. But what does it mean to ¿believe in¿? What is the gospel? How is salvation achieved? Does God care only about ¿saving souls¿ or also about healing bodies from diseases? What is the kingdom of heaven? What should believers do in this world? Over two thousand years of history, in diverse cultures, Christians have answered these questions in an amazing variety of ways. Christianity, in other words, is not really a single, unchanging religion but instead an ever-changing network of related practices and beliefs. We will trace the fascinating, often controversial, history of Christianity from Jesus and his followers¿ healings and exorcisms in the first century up through the global expansion of Christianity in the modern world. More broadly, we will gain an understanding of the diversity of world cultures, both within the U.S. and around the globe, and we will gain skills in interacting with human diversity in culturally informed and sensitive ways.

REL-A 270: INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM (15745)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Ibrahim, Nur Amali
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 4:00 PM — 5:15 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 310
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

This is an introductory course to the study of Islam designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the religion. The course begins with the historical emergence of Islam at around the seventh century AD, and concludes with the various forms that Islam has taken in the contemporary era. In-between these bookends, we will read about how Muslims have sought to put into practice the word of God and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad by configuring and transforming various aspects of social life such as personal piety, education, law, gender relations, and so on. Apart from identifying the core beliefs and cultural practices that have defined Islam, we will also look at issues that have sparked unceasing debate and disagreement between Muslims. Some of the major theoretical concepts that will recur in our discussions include authority, interpretation, tradition, and representation.

REL-C 300: ISSUES IN RELIGION IN AMERICAS (16461)

arts/humanities

Topic Title: Disaster In Amer Rel Culture
Instructor: Harriss, Mathew Cooper
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MWF 10:10 AM — 11:00 AM
Location: Ballantine Hall 006
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

Disaster demands meaning. Why do death, violence, suffering, and radical change visit human agents? What significance, purpose, or lesson might be derived from such experiences? Who, what, when, and where is God in the midst of such crises? This course examines case studies of selected American disasters to consider how diverse populations at different historical moments have understood disaster through cultural artifacts (music, dance, literature, drama, visual and material arts, and so forth) that generate theodicies in response to such demands for meaning. Together we¿ll consider the events in their historical, social, and political contexts, engage critically with their cultural artifacts, and interpret them to understand more fully the religious ideas, beliefs, practices, and disputes in play among these representative groups.

REL-R 300: STUDIES IN RELIGION (17414)

arts/humanities

Topic Title: Russian Orthodoxy 1721-1918
Instructor: Michelson, Patrick Lally
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 9:30 AM — 10:45 AM
Location: Sycamore Hall 137
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

The conventional image of Russian Orthodoxy is that of monolithic religion marked by ritualistic formality and exotic piety, exemplified most commonly in icon veneration, flowing priestly garments, incense, candles and bells, and monastic severity. But Russian Orthodoxy is also a historical religion that operates in and responds to the political, social, and intellectual world around it. This course offers an approach to understand the Russian Church along those lines by concentrating on the various ways in which Russian Orthodox clergy, theologians, and lay religious thinkers responded to the challenges of empire and revolution during the last two centuries of the Russian empire (1721-1918). For it was then that the Russian Church first responded to the challenges of modernity, namely the rise of the absolutist, interventionist state that seeks to use the Church as an instrument of secular power and the advent of new ideas and ideologies that seek to undermine or destroy the institutional and cultural authority of the Church. It is these challenges and the responses to them that constitute the focus of this course.

REL-A 300: STUDIES IN AFRI EUR&WST AS REL (33011)

arts/humanities

Topic Title: Sexgender In The Reformation
Instructor: Furey, Constance
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 4:00 PM — 5:15 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 006
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

Religions often reinforce gender norms and police sexual behavior. Religious beliefs, practices, and institutions can also challenge these norms by affirming spiritual androgyny and highly erotic, even sexualized, devotion. This course will consider these contradictions by focusing on a moment in Christian history when existing assumptions about the spiritual value of virginity, celibacy, and marriage were directly challenged; when prophetic claims about the irrelevance of gender were hotly contested; when sexualized and homoerotic devotion could be both condemned and praised; and when small but deadly outbreaks of witchcraft accusations revealed an enduring misogyny. Participants will be required to do discussion questions, several short writing assignments, a report, and two papers (3-4 pages).

REL-D 310: CONTEMPORARY REL THOUGHT (20571)

arts/humanities

Topic Title: Religion And Its Discontents
Instructor: Swan Tuite, James Elliott
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM — 3:45 PM
Location: Chemistry 001
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

REL-B 310: EAST ASIAN BUDDHISM (18125)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Blair, Heather Elizabeth
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM — 3:45 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 001
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

This discussion/lecture course introduces students to East Asian Buddhism (that is, China, Korea, Japan, and the East Asian cultural diaspora). We will explore how East Asian Buddhists past and present have used religion to imagine and interpret the physical, social, and supernatural worlds that they inhabit. The course is divided into four units. First, we will examine Buddhist cosmology, that is, the ways the world, from the heavens down to the hells, is imagined. Next we will explore the monastery as a site for dedicated practice by religious specialists (mostly, but not exclusively, monks and nuns). Then we will look at the question of how rulers have used Buddhism for political purposes. Finally, we will study pilgrimage, which brings people from all walks of life to sacred places. Course materials draw from both primary and secondary sources, and range from the classical to the contemporary. There are no pre-requisites for this course; however, those with no background in Buddhism or East Asian cultures are especially encouraged to come to office hours and may need to put in some extra effort, particularly at the beginning of the semester. Course requirements include regular attendance, participation in discussion, four quizzes, and three papers (3 to 7 pages).

REL-D 330: CHRISTIAN ETHICS TO SOC CRIT I (30425)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Swan Tuite, James Elliott
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 11:15 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 001
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

REL-D 362: REL ISSUES IN CONTEMP JUDAISM (33009)

intensive writing arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Topic Title: 20th Century Jewish Phil
Instructor: Morgan, Michael L.
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 1:00 PM — 2:15 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 002
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): IW A&H GCC

From 1870 to the late twentieth century, Jewish thought and philosophy attempted to understand Judaism in response to the developments and crises of Jewish life in the modern world. In this course we shall explore the responses of figures such as Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Hermann Cohen, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Joseph Soloveitchik, Emil Fackenheim, and Emmanuel Levinas. Central topics will concern ethics and politics, faith and revelation, redemption and messianism, and the religious responses to catastrophe and atrocity. We shall discuss Judaism in European culture before and after World War I, and we shall examine responses in North America to the Nazi Holocaust and the Six Day War. A central theme will be the ways in which attempts to understand Jewish experience are related to historical events and historical experience. The course is open to anyone with an interest in religious experience, philosophy, and/or Judaism in the twentieth century; no special background is required, but students should be prepared to read and examine challenging texts. The course is an Intensive Writing course.

REL-C 402: RELIGION, ILLNESS, AND HEALING (34436)

intensive writing arts/humanities

Instructor: Brown, Candy Gunther
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MW 11:15 AM — 12:30 PM
Location: Sycamore Hall 103
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): IW A&H DUS

REL-B 414: BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY IN INDIA (30389)

arts/humanities

Instructor: Nance, Richard F.
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 4:00 PM — 5:15 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 321
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H

This course surveys the historical development of Buddhist philosophy in India. We will begin by briefly reviewing some of the basic contours of early Indian Buddhist philosophical reflection. Following this review, we will read and discuss several texts by thinkers of seminal importance to Buddhist tradition, focusing on how these thinkers posed and attempted to answer questions regarding the self, reality, reasoning, knowledge, belief, conduct, and liberation. Students who enroll will be expected to participate in extensive in-class discussions and to write a final paper, the topic of which will be developed in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: REL-B 210 (Introduction to Buddhism), or permission of instructor.

REL-B 420: TOPICS IN HINDU REL TRADITIONS (30396)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Topic Title: The Mahabharata
Instructor: Manring, Rebecca
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM — 5:15 PM
Location: Student Building 131
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

What is our duty as human beings? In this course we will explore how ancient Indian intellectuals answered this question. The Mah¿bh¿rata is one of the foundational texts of Indian civilization and is a world classic offering tremendous mythic and psychological insight into the human condition. We will examine that classical Indian epic, stressing its role as a living tradition that is constantly being recreated and reinterpreted. We¿ll read significant excerpts from the epic itself, alongside recent scholarship on its literary, religious and historical contexts. We¿ll also consider it as performance tradition and so will view and discuss recordings of several modern stagings of the Mah¿bh¿rata. Students will also consider recent novels (all available, if not originally written, in English) treating sections of the epic.

REL-A 485: LIFE AND LEGACY OF MUHAMMAD (30368)

arts/humanities global civ/cultures

Instructor: Jaques, Robert Kevin
Course Duration: 8/25/14 — 12/19/14
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM — 3:45 PM
Location: Ballantine Hall 245
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirement(s): A&H GCC

The Life and Legacy of Muhammad will explore the ways in which sacred biography is used in various contexts to develop theories of authority and history. The course will begin by examining a number of different theories of religious authority and then move on to how biography is formative in developing ¿orthodox¿ methods of interpreting revelation as a means of understanding the relationship between humans and God. We will then focus specifically on the biography of Muhammad (d.632 CE) written by Ibn Ishaq (d. 767). We will explore the development of Muhammad biographical traditions in Islam and how particular forms of biography (legal and quasi-legal traditions that relate specific information thought to originate with Muhammad) were used by Ibn Ishaq in various contexts and how changing cultural circumstances in the early Abbasid period influenced the evolution of popular understandings of Muhammad¿s life. Specifically, we will focus on how Ibn Ishaq used various pre-existing cultural and religious themes and motifs common in late antique and early medieval Mediterranean culture to create an image of Muhammad as a prophetic authority.