Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 101-01 What is Religion?
Instructor: Peter Schadler
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
RELG 103-01 Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament in Context
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 103-01. A critical examination and attempt to understand the literature and the antecedent traditions remembered and formulated by the ancient Israelites in terms of their own views of God. This literature is interpreted in the context of events and cultures of the ancient Near East. This course is cross-listed as JDST 103.
0930:MWF   STERN 103
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.
0930:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 110-01 Religion and Modern Culture
Instructor: Daniel Cozort, Jodie Vann
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.
1230:MWF   TOME 115
RELG 115-01 Native American Religions
Instructor: Daniel Cozort, Jodie Vann
Course Description:
A survey of some major religious phenomena in the relatively recent histories of selected Native American traditions with emphasis on the tribal religions of North America and the religions of the civilizations of Mexico and Central America.
1030:TR   DENNY 112
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.
1030:MWF  
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 214
RELG 228-01 Religion: Conflict, Violence and Peacemaking
Instructor: Jean-Pierre Karegeye
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-02. This course will examine the nexus of conflict/violence and religious belief in an attempt to understand the confusing array of contemporary conflicts in which multiple sides claim divine authority for their actions. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   BOSLER 313
RELG 250-01 Religion in American Politics
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 232-01. This class will provide students with an overview of the role of religion in American politics. Students will become more familiar with the dynamics of a complex and diverse United States through in-depth study of the political differences that define several major religious groups. The political intersections between religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and class will be explored, helping students to think critically about political power. Other topics will include important aspects of constitutional law as they pertain to religious rights, and the various ways in which religion influences public policy.
0930:MWF   DENNY 311
RELG 250-02 Why God Won't Go Away
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
You may have heard that religion is on the decline in the modern world, or even that humans will cease to be religious in the near future. But did you know that nearly all humans continue to participate in religious activity on a regular basis? Why is this so? This course will examine recent findings in neuroscience and in the sociological, psychological, ad anthropological study of religion that help to explain this phenomenon. No prerequisites. Div 1a, Appropriate for First Year
1330:MR   DENNY 104
RELG 250-04 Religion and the Internet
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
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.
1030:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, MEST 259-01 and MEMS 200-10. 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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
RELG 311-01 Buddhism and the Environment
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Although protection of the environment is not a Buddhist goal per se, it is involved in the quest for enlightenment. The course will apply the Buddhist perspective to questions about the relations between humans and the rest of nature, to specific environmental problems, to the tradeoffs between human good and protection of other species, and to consumption and consumerism. Offered every two years
1330:MR  
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.
1330:T   TOME 213
RELG 500-01 Religion & Charity
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
 
RELG 550-01 A Comparison of Byzantine and South Asian Icons
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description: