Fall 2016

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. 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: Mara Donaldson, Ronald Muroff
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.
1500:MR   EASTC 405
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.
1330:MR   EASTC 405
RELG 214-01 History of Christianity: Reform and Modernity
Instructor: Mara Donaldson
Course Description:
The course concentrates on the emergence of the Protestant tradition in the 16th century and the Catholic response. Considers the impact of the Enlightenment on both Protestant and Catholic self-understanding.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 109
RELG 228-01 Religion: Conflict, Violence and Peacemaking
Instructor: Shalom Staub
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 230-03. 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   EASTC 301
RELG 250-01 PA Germans: Religion, Life & Culture
Instructor: Beth Graybill
Course Description:
This course is a critical examination of the history, ethnic and religious identities, basic beliefs, cultural practices, material culture, and contemporary manifestations of the diverse group known as the Pennsylvania Germans (sometimes referred to as the Pennsylvania Dutch). This includes both the Plain Peoples (most notably Old Order Mennonites and Amish), as well as the wider group of early Pennsylvania Protestant settlers of German ancestry (primarily Lutherans and Reformed) known as the Church Germans or the fancy Dutch. Unifying factors historically were the shared immigrant background, elements of material culture, and the dialect of low German, called Pennsylvania Dutch, an oral language retained by the Amish and Old Order Mennonites today. Differences were around economic class, religious practice, and urban vs. rural dynamics. Present-day similarities and differences will be compared and contrasted in this course as we seek to understand these unique members of the southeastern Pennsylvania cultural mosaic.
1330:TF   TOME 115
RELG 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
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.
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. Prerequisites: 122 or ENST 111, or permission of instructor. Offered every two years
1500:TF   EASTC 300
RELG 390-01 Interpreting Religion
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
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.
1500:MR   EASTC 406