Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 104-01 Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01. A basic course in the history, basic beliefs and practices, and modern manifestations of Judaism as a religion. The course concerns itself with the interactions of Judaism and other world religions, notably Christianity. This course is cross-listed as JDST 104.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 106
RELG 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01 and MEMS 200-08. A critical examination and attempt to understand the New Testament as the written traditions which articulated the faith, expectations, and actions of the early Christians as they responded within Jewish and Greek culture to the historical events of their day, and especially as they responded to the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This course is cross-listed as JDST 107.
0930:MWF   DENNY 103
RELG 110-01 Religion and Modern Culture
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Drawing upon popular examples from film, drama, and narrative, as well as critical essays, the course explores both the religious dimensions of modern culture myth, sacred space and time, nature spirituality and the cultural contexts of contemporary theologies gender, race, economics.
1030:MWF   EASTC 405
RELG 201-01 Tibetan Buddhism
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Tibetan Buddhism is probably the world's most varied and complex religion, combining elements of everything found in late Indian Buddhism-huge monastic universities, esoteric rituals involving seemingly bizarre practices, an enormous pantheon of enlightened beings, demons, and others, devotional cults, sublime art-with wild and wooly indigenous Tibetan shamanism and some aspects of Chinese religions. The course examines the development of Buddhism in Tibet as well as its increasing interest and influence in the West.
1500:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 210-01 Religions of Africa
Instructor: Jean-Pierre Karegeye
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-11. The course examines the variety of religious experiences, traditions, and representations of religion in African cultures. These include indigenous religions, Islam, Christianity and syncretistic traditions. We will examine the various roles that religion plays in responding to current crises facing African cultures, including HIV/AIDS pandemic, political conflicts, and issues related to gender (e.g., girls' education, shifting perspectives on masculinity and femininity) that have been shaped by religious attitudes. Students will use novels, memoir and film to supplement scholarly readings.
1330:TF   EASTC 301
RELG 227-01 Spiritual Dimensions of Healing
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
The effect of the mind on the body, long a principle of systems of healing around the globe, is again being recognized in modern medicine. This course will be concerned with "integrative medicine" and related topics, such as ancient systems of healing, shamanism in contemporary cultures, the relationship between religious faith and recovery from illness, the appropriation of traditional healing methods by medical professionals and New Age alternative healing practitioners, yoga, meditation and health, the Holistic Medicine movement in the West, and the Positive Psychology movement in the West. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 241-01 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts (In Translation)
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-06 and JDST 216-02.This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Jewish Literature in translation about love and sex from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes: Biblical love stories, the concept of love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, Midrash, i.e., homiletic stories, folk tales, literature of the Middle Ages, and modern Hebrew literature of the early 20th century to the present.
0930:MWF   EASTC 107
RELG 250-01 Religion and the Internet
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
(e.g., Goddess and Devotee; Women & Religion; Sexuality and Spirituality; Women's Ways of Believing)
1030:TR   BOSLER 208
RELG 250-02 Mother Earth: Religion and Sustainability
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
This course explores the following: the ways religious traditions both contribute to the environmental crisis and provide resources for addressing that crisis; the emergence of sustainability as a defining value in colleges and universities; the roles that Bill McKibben as a writer and climate change activist continues to play in promoting conversations and policy decisions related to values grounded in religious, spiritual, and scientific values.
1030:TR   EASTC 405
RELG 250-03 Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism
Instructor: Beth Graybill
Course Description:
Whether visiting Amish country, Ground Zero, Jerusalem, Mecca, black history museums, national parks, or the Camino de Santiago in Spain, many people travel to have a religious experience.
1500:MR   STERN 103
RELG 260-01 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04, JDST 216-01 and MEST 200-02.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminates trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.
0900:TR   BOSLER 208
RELG 260-03 Peace and Conflict in the Muslim Mediterranean World
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-04.This course will survey relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Pre-Modern period, specifically in areas under control by Muslims. In particular, we will focus on points of peace and conflict in Late Antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean and early Medieval Iberia, as well as important intellectual and cultural exchanges that took place among these three groups. There will be a strong emphasis on relations in the early history of these three groups interactions.
1130:MWF   EASTC 301
RELG 316-01 Messiahs, Mystics and Heretics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 316-02.
1330:T   ALTHSE 201
RELG 318-01 Heretics, Pagans, and Martyrs: The Formation of Religious Identities in Late Antiquity
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-05.What is a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew? This course will explore the concept of the 'other' in early Christianity, and how Christian identities were formed in dialogue with the surrounding pluralistic landscape. Attention will be paid to early definitions of heresy in the ancient world, and how these definitions were appropriated by theologians in the Latin and Greek world of Late Antiquity to suit their own needs. What kinds of movements were considered 'heresies', and why? How did Christians, Muslims and Jews understand who they were, and what made them different from others in the first eight centuries AD? We will begin briefly in the Ancient World, and proceed through the study of how Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Pagan groups characterized each other, ending after the rise of Islam. The formation of Christian identities, as well as the boundary lines created to preserve such identities, are central themes in this course.
1330:W   EASTC 102
RELG 490-01 The Future of Religion
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Advanced investigation of methods and critical perspectives for the study of religion with a focus to be determined by the instructor. Writing enriched. Prerequisite: 390 or permission of the instructor.
0900:TR   EASTC 406
RELG 500-01 Christianity in Contemporary China
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
 
RELG 550-01 Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh: Spirituality and Activism
Instructor: Daniel Cozort, Mara Donaldson
Course Description: