Spring 2016

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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 107-01 New Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 107-01. 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   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.
1030:MWF   EASTC 405
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.
1500:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 241-01 Jewish Masculinities
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01 and WGST 201-04.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.
1030:TR   ASBELL SEM
RELG 241-02 Jews & Fashion
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02.
1330:TF   ASBELL SEM
RELG 243-01 Dead Sea Scrolls
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 243-01. The discovery of a cache of ancient scrolls in 1947 in caves near the Dead Sea led to a revolution in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins. This course will focus on these texts, situating them in the context of the history of Judaism from the Hellenistic period through the first century C.E. What do they reveal about beliefs and institutions of the Essenes, the enigmatic community which produced them? What was life like at Qumran, the Essene community's center? How did the sect start, how did it differ from mainstream Judaism, and what was its vision of the future? What possible connections existed between the Essene community and the emergence of Christianity? How have the Dead Sea scrolls contributed to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament? This course is cross-listed as JDST 243.
0900:TR   STERN 103
RELG 250-01 Mother Earth: Religion and Sustainability
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
This course explores how earth centered religions foster models of sustainability for the contemporary world. Topics include: history of the debates about the role of religion, especially Christianity, in climate change, emergence of sustainability as an ethic for climate change, and the intersection between climate change, sustainability and current discussions about the ethics of food.
1030:TR   BOSLER 314
RELG 250-02 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01 and WGST 201-03.This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion and culture. Starting with the representation of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, we study the highly differentiated gender roles maintained by traditional Jewish culture, and examine the role American feminism has played in challenging those traditional roles. We will also study gender issues in contemporary Israeli society, such as the politics of marriage and divorce, public prayer and gender in the military. Some knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is helpful, but not required as a prerequisite for this course.
1230:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 259-01 Islam
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01 and MEST 259-01. An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times. This course is cross-listed as HIST 259 and MEST 259.
1330:TF   DENNY 203
RELG 260-01 Comparative BioMedical Ethics
Instructor: Eric Cytryn
Course Description:
Advances in medical research have opened a new world of ethical questions dealing with the boundaries of life, reproduction, the allocation of scarce health care resources, and the right to refuse medical care for religious or cultural reasons. How does religion inform and respond to questions of bioethical concerns? In this course, which is comparative in perspective, we will explore how a variety of religious traditions approach the most critical issues in bioethics today.
1330:MR   TOME 115
RELG 314-01 Seminar on Buddhist Ethics
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Buddhism is a non-theistic religion whose ideal is human perfection, described as a state of contentment, happiness, wisdom, love, and compassion. Because this ideal involves the perfection of virtue as well as the attainment of insight, ethics in Buddhism are particularly important. This course will examine ethics in various Buddhist traditions, compare Buddhist ethics to those of other religions, consider Buddhist ethics in the light of the psychology of moral judgments and the findings of cognitive sciences, and reflect on how Buddhists might approach income inequality, environmental degradation and climate change, war and violence, discrimination against women, and contested social issues such as reproductive rights, euthanasia, suicide, and animal rights.
1500:TF   EASTC 312
RELG 316-01 Messiahs, Mystics and Heretics
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01.
1330:W   EASTC 102
RELG 490-01 Senior Seminar
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
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.
1330:W   EASTC 107