Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 101-01 What is Religion?
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
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.
0930:MWF   DENNY 104
RELG 105-01 Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Instructor: Andrea Lieber
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 105-01. This course is an introduction to the Hellenistic period of Jewish history, also known as the period of the "second temple". The course will analyze the cultural interaction between Jews and Greeks at this pivotal moment in Jewish history. The course will examine the impact of classical Greek thought and culture on the development of Judaism at its formative stage. We will focus on the phenomenon of sectarian movements and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and Christianity as two dominant religions of the West. This course is cross-listed as JDST 105.
1330:MR   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.
0930:MWF   EASTC 405
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:MWF   EASTC 300
RELG 212-01 History of Christianity: From Margin to Center
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEMS 200-01. The course traces the emergence of Christianity from its beginnings as a minority sect in the first century to the height of its influence in the 14th century. Special attention will be given to cultural and aesthetic influences on the emerging Church.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
RELG 260-01 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-02, JDST 216-01 and FLST 210-03.Additional time slot: Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.
1330:W   BOSLER 208
RELG 311-01 Buddhism and the Environment
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENST 311-03. 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. This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. Offered every two years
1500:TR   EASTC 300
RELG 312-01 Christian-Muslim Relations
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 200-03.In this course we shall examine Christian-Muslim relations both historically and thematically. That is, we will investigate specific episodes of encounter between Christianity and Islam from the rise of Islam in the seventh-century, through their intense interaction in the medieval period (especially in al-Andalus), to the modern era. We shall examine the theological dialogue and polemic between the two religions pertaining to their respective understandings of theology propert, revalation, Christology, sin, salvation, and religious community. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of primary texts in translation.
0900:TR   EASTC 406
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 WID graduation requirement.
1030:TR   EASTC 312