Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 103-01.
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   EASTC 405
RELG 121-01 Hinduism
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
A study of the dominant religion of south Asia that focuses on the contemporary "embodiment" of religion in culture. This course will explore ways in which religion permeates the Hindu cycle of life, shapes choices such as occupation and marriage partner, and infuses Indian arts. It will ask whether the variation in these patterns over time, among regions of India, in city and country, and among different groups, are diverse "Hinduisms" that nevertheless contain a vital unity.
1130:MWF   EASTC 405
RELG 210-01 Religions of Africa
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.
1230:MWF   EASTC 301
RELG 226-01 Contemplative Practices in Asia
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Buddhism, Hinduism, and Daoism have ancient and rich traditions of spiritual practices. This course will examine methods of mind training and the philosophy that undergirds them. Prerequisite: 121, 122, or permission of instructor.
1500:MR   EASTC 312
RELG 228-01 Religion: Conflict, Violence and Peacemaking
Instructor: Shalom Staub
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-03.
1500:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 250-01 Women, Gender and Judaism
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 240-01. This course examines issues of gender in Jewish religion, Jewish culture and Jewish literature in various historical periods. We will begin by looking at the roles of women in the Bible and other classical Jewish texts, though the course will concentrate on gendered representations of Jews since the 19th century and contemporary debates about gender in modern Jewish life. What are the cultural and historical sources of Jewish stereotypes, such as the Jewish American Princess, the Jewish mother or the effeminate (and nuerotic) Jewish male? In what way has the advent of feminism challenged Judiasm's traditional gender roles and the roles of male/female in the Jewish family? Readings explore the connection between gender stereotypes and anti-Semitism and how they have affected relations among Jews and between Jews and non-Jews.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 08
RELG 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01 and MEST 259-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 103
RELG 311-01 Buddhism and the Environment
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 311-02.
1500:TF   EASTC 300
RELG 316-01 Jews and Food
Instructor: Edward Merwin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.
1330:MR   ASBELL SEM
RELG 318-01 Real to Reel: Sacred in Film
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-05. This course examines the religious dimensions of contemporary films such as Whale Rider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. We will also pay attention to the technical aspects of film such as lighting, camera angles and special effects.
1330:TF   EASTC 300
RELG 390-01 Interpreting Religion
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
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.
0900:TR   EASTC 212
RELG 550-01 Neurotheology
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description: