Spring 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 101-01 What is Religion?
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
The course introduces students to methods in the study of religion and to major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The approach in the course is comparative and interdisciplinary.
1130:MWF   ALTHSE 08
RELG 104-01 Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 104-01.
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 08
RELG 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01.
0930:MWF   STERN 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. This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   DENNY 103
RELG 122-01 Buddhism
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
A study of Asia's most influential religion that focuses on the contemporary "embodiment" of religion in culture. This course will explore ways in which Buddhists have used visual arts, music, drama, asceticism, devotion, etc., to attain spiritual goals and express enlightenment. It will look at both monastic and popular Buddhism, concentrating on South and Southeast Asia but with some reference to East Asia and the West. This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1130:MWF   EASTC 405
RELG 206-01 Jews and Judaism in the United States
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 206-01.
1330:MR   WESTC DURBIN
RELG 211-01 Religion and Fantasy
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
An exploration of the religious and mythological dimensions of traditional and modern fantasy literature. Our explorations will be guided by three interdependent themes: the nature of the divine, the nature of the human, and the nature of the moral life.
1030:TR   BOSLER 314
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. This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   EASTC 300
RELG 250-01 Jews and Money
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02. For better or worse, Jews and money are often linked in the popular imagination. This course will examine the role of wealth and poverty in Jewish religion and culture, from Biblical times to the present. We will pay particular attention to how the stereotype of the greedy, money-making Jew developed, and ask how this image has played out in Western civilization. Among the texts that we will study are Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," Karl Marx's "On the Jewish Question," Stephen Birmingham's "Our Crowd," and the Bock-Harnick-Stein musical, "Fiddler on the Roof." We will conclude with an in-depth examination of the Madoff scandal, as well as a study of the escalating problem of poverty among both ultra-Orthodox and Russian-born Jews in the U.S. and Israel.
1030:TR   ASBELL SEM
RELG 260-01 Kabbalah
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01.
0900:TR   EASTC 107
RELG 390-01 Interpreting Religion
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
An advanced introduction to some fundamental issues of theory and method in the academic study of religion. Selected religious phenomena will be examined using the perspectives such as those of the history of religions, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philology, philosophy, and theology. Emphasis will be placed upon methods of research and styles of writing in the study of religion. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.
 
RELG 490-01 Senior Seminar
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 312
RELG 500-01 Hebrew Scriptures in Context
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description: