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RELI0100A-S17

CRN: 21923

Introduction to Religion
Introduction to Religion
Religion has always been a significant element in human life and history. Why is this? What roles does religion play in peoples’ lives and societies? Are there deeper commonalities underlying various religious traditions, despite their external differences? And what is religion anyway? We will examine these questions by introducing the basic vocabulary and analytic tools of the academic study of religion—a modern discipline stemming from the ideals of the Enlightenment—and by examining multiple case studies, both Western and Asian. We will also discuss multiple ways, sympathetic or critical, that influential thinkers make sense of religion in modern times. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0120A-S17

CRN: 22196

Asian Religious Classics
Asian Religious Classics
An introduction to the classics of the major religious traditions of Asia: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Central themes from these traditions will be studied through the selected scriptures and texts of each tradition. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0120W-S17

CRN: 22197

Asian Religious Classics
Discussion
Asian Religious Classics
An introduction to the classics of the major religious traditions of Asia: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Central themes from these traditions will be studied through the selected scriptures and texts of each tradition. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0120X-S17

CRN: 22198

Asian Religious Classics
Discussion
Asian Religious Classics
An introduction to the classics of the major religious traditions of Asia: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Central themes from these traditions will be studied through the selected scriptures and texts of each tradition. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0120Y-S17

CRN: 22199

Asian Religious Classics
Discussion
Asian Religious Classics
An introduction to the classics of the major religious traditions of Asia: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Central themes from these traditions will be studied through the selected scriptures and texts of each tradition. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0120Z-S17

CRN: 22200

Asian Religious Classics
Discussion
Asian Religious Classics
An introduction to the classics of the major religious traditions of Asia: Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Central themes from these traditions will be studied through the selected scriptures and texts of each tradition. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0180A-S17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180A-S17

CRN: 22201

Intro to Biblical Literature
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, and poetry of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, with special emphasis on the ways scripture has been used and interpreted in Western culture. Students interested in more detailed analysis of the material should enroll in RELI 0280 and RELI 0281. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0180Y-S17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Y-S17

CRN: 22202

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, and poetry of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, with special emphasis on the ways scripture has been used and interpreted in Western culture. Students interested in more detailed analysis of the material should enroll in RELI 0280 and RELI 0281. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0180Z-S17

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Z-S17

CRN: 22203

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion
An Introduction to Biblical Literature
This course is a general introduction to biblical history, literature, and interpretation. It aims to acquaint students with the major characters, narratives, and poetry of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, with special emphasis on the ways scripture has been used and interpreted in Western culture. Students interested in more detailed analysis of the material should enroll in RELI 0280 and RELI 0281. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0209A-S17

Cross-Listed As:
PSYC0209A-S17

CRN: 22204

Mindfulness and Psychology
Religion and Science: Mindfulness and Modern Psychology
Mindfulness meditation is now widely embraced as a way to enhance personal wellbeing. To better understand this ancient practice, we will explore its traditional Buddhist background alongside its application and study in modern psychology and neuroscience. We will first study mindfulness in its historical context and examine how a traditionally religious practice was adapted for modern individualistic and therapeutic purposes. We will learn basic neural and psychological foundations of emotion, cognition, social behavior, and psychological disorders and raise theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific study of mindfulness. As an experiential component, students will also receive meditation training throughout the semester. (Open to psychology, religion, and neuroscience majors) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0209Y-S17

Cross-Listed As:
PSYC0209Y-S17

CRN: 22315

Mindfulness and Psychology
Discussion
Religion and Science: Mindfulness and Modern Psychology
Mindfulness meditation is now widely embraced as a way to enhance personal wellbeing. To better understand this ancient practice, we will explore its traditional Buddhist background alongside its application and study in modern psychology and neuroscience. We will first study mindfulness in its historical context and examine how a traditionally religious practice was adapted for modern individualistic and therapeutic purposes. We will learn basic neural and psychological foundations of emotion, cognition, social behavior, and psychological disorders and raise theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific study of mindfulness. As an experiential component, students will also receive meditation training throughout the semester. (Open to psychology, religion, and neuroscience majors) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0209Z-S17

Cross-Listed As:
PSYC0209Z-S17

CRN: 22316

Mindfulness and Psychology
Discussion
Religion and Science: Mindfulness and Modern Psychology
Mindfulness meditation is now widely embraced as a way to enhance personal wellbeing. To better understand this ancient practice, we will explore its traditional Buddhist background alongside its application and study in modern psychology and neuroscience. We will first study mindfulness in its historical context and examine how a traditionally religious practice was adapted for modern individualistic and therapeutic purposes. We will learn basic neural and psychological foundations of emotion, cognition, social behavior, and psychological disorders and raise theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific study of mindfulness. As an experiential component, students will also receive meditation training throughout the semester. (Open to psychology, religion, and neuroscience majors) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

RELI0237A-S17

CRN: 21587

Christians/Early Modern Europe
Christianity in Early Modern Europe
In this course we will examine the theological ideas and social conditions that transformed European life and thought in the 16th and 17th centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the Protestant Reformation in Germany and England, as well as the Catholic Counter-Reformation and changes within the Roman Catholic Church. We will study theologians like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Teresa of Avila, alongside popular religious practices and music of the period. Finally, we will ask how cultural evolution and religious revolution influenced one another, especially in the emergence of popular English Bibles and in the European colonization of Africa and the Americas. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0243A-S17

CRN: 22433

Hindu Ethics
Hindu Ethics AT, ET *
What constitutes the good life? How is morality established? Who are the arbiters of virtuous conduct? Such questions will guide us as we probe the complexities of ethics in Hindu religious life. We will identify how such notions as /dharma/, caste, karma, /moks?a/, purity, and nonviolence have shaped the development of Hindu moral consciousness. We will do so through readings of orthodox Hindu ethical texts (/dharma sastra/), ethnographic explorations of moral identity, considerations of holistic medicine (Ayurveda), theological visions of protecting the environment, and modern reform movements headed by Gandhi and Ambedkar. With increased sensitivity we will more deeply understand Hindu moral identities while considering our own ethical determinations. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0254A-S17

CRN: 22432

Islam in South Asia
Islam in South Asia AT
Islam has played a significant role in shaping the culture and politics of South Asia, from the seventh century to the present. In this course we will consider the historical, socio-cultural, religious, and political impact of Islam in South Asia. We will begin with the introduction of Islam into the South Asian landscape, covering a range of historical moments, including the Delhi Sultanate, the rise of Mughal rule, colonial interactions, and the development of new nation states. We will then examine Islam as it is lived, practiced, and experienced in contemporary South Asia, focusing on themes such as mysticism and sainthood; issues of gender; and Hindu-Muslim encounters. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0277A-S17

Cross-Listed As:
CMLT0277A-S17

CRN: 22429

The Arabian Nights
The Arabian Nights—Storytelling, Orientalism, and Islamic Culture
In this course we will study the great medieval classic The Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights Entertainment. Compiled in Egypt and Syria in the 14th century and translated into French and other European languages in the 17th and 18th centuries, this “ocean story” has had a profound effect on the development of the literatures of both the Middle East and the West. The incorporation of ‘Arabian Nights’ motifs in European art and orientalist discourse will be central in our enquiry. This course is not open to students who have taken RELI/CMLT 1038.

RELI0293A-S17

CRN: 22206

Health Care Ethics
Ethics in Health Care
This course is an introduction to the principles, virtues, and other moral norms that guide decision-making in health care. We will focus on moral values accepted by Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and humanistic traditions, and embedded in a liberal, pluralistic society. Popular films and numerous case studies will provide students an opportunity to develop skills in moral reasoning, in conversation with these intellectual traditions. The health care issues we will consider include expectations for patient-physician relationships, research on human subjects, euthanasia and assisted suicide, abortion, assisted reproduction, genetic information, and access to health care resources. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0293Y-S17

CRN: 22207

Health Care Ethics
Discussion
Ethics in Health Care
This course is an introduction to the principles, virtues, and other moral norms that guide decision-making in health care. We will focus on moral values accepted by Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and humanistic traditions, and embedded in a liberal, pluralistic society. Popular films and numerous case studies will provide students an opportunity to develop skills in moral reasoning, in conversation with these intellectual traditions. The health care issues we will consider include expectations for patient-physician relationships, research on human subjects, euthanasia and assisted suicide, abortion, assisted reproduction, genetic information, and access to health care resources. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0293Z-S17

CRN: 22208

Health Care Ethics
Discussion
Ethics in Health Care
This course is an introduction to the principles, virtues, and other moral norms that guide decision-making in health care. We will focus on moral values accepted by Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and humanistic traditions, and embedded in a liberal, pluralistic society. Popular films and numerous case studies will provide students an opportunity to develop skills in moral reasoning, in conversation with these intellectual traditions. The health care issues we will consider include expectations for patient-physician relationships, research on human subjects, euthanasia and assisted suicide, abortion, assisted reproduction, genetic information, and access to health care resources. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0362A-S17

CRN: 22209

Religion and Nationalism
Religion and Nationalism – Israel and Palestine
How do Palestinian and Jewish nationalisms compare? Are they “simply” national movements? Are they secular or religious movements? Is Zionism a European colonial enterprise, a manifestation of “Orientalism” and racism, or a Jewish response to these phenomena? We will study the development of Jewish and Palestinian nationalisms, with attention to religion, political ideology, and to competing and contradictory versions of history. Course materials will include readings by major proponents and critics of both Palestinian and Jewish nationalism, debates on historiography, memoir, and film. Will include debate simulations. Fulfils requirements for MES Major and JWST Minor. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0388A-S17

CRN: 22543

Job and the Problem of Evil
The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil
Why do the innocent suffer? The Book of Job asked this question millennia ago, giving not an explicit answer, but at least a response. Framed by a prose tale on the patient Job, the book is mainly a debate in poetry between an impatient Job and his “friends” that has continued to our day, in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, and in philosophy. We will study the debate on the meaning of Job in philosophy and religion through the works of Maimonides, Kant, Hume, Voltaire, William Blake, Jung, and others. Familiarity with Biblical studies or philosophy of religion is helpful, but not required. 3 hrs. sem. 

RELI0398A-S17

CRN: 22210

Amer Religion & Social Justice
American Religion and Social Justice
Religious communities and organizations have contributed significantly to moral and social reform movements throughout U.S. history. From the colonial period to the present, religion has helped shape the discourse around issues like economic justice, racial equality, women’s rights, immigration, environmentalism, and LGBTQ rights. In this course we will study religious involvement in these social justice movements, critically examining the theologies that inspired both reform and resistance to social change. Throughout the course, we will consider the impact religion may have had—positive and negative—on struggles for social justice in the United States. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0472A-S17

Cross-Listed As:
HIST0472A-S17

CRN: 22211

Buddhist/Christian Monasticism
“The Religious Life”: Buddhist and Christian Monastic Traditions Compared*
Both Buddhism and Christianity include traditions of monasticism, of men and women leaving home for “the religious life.” In this course, we will study and compare Buddhist and Christian monasticism from historical and religious perspectives. We will read primary sources, from the Life of St. Anthony and the Rule of St. Benedict to the verses attributed to the first Buddhist nuns and a Zen monastic code. We will examine monastic vocation, the integration of monasteries into society, and the adaptation of monasticism to different cultures. Throughout, we will highlight the role of gender. We will conclude with attention to contemporary manifestations of monastic culture. This course is equivalent to HIST 0472 and INTL 0472. 3 hr sem.

RELI0500A-S17

CRN: 20104

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-S17

CRN: 20106

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-S17

CRN: 20641

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500D-S17

CRN: 20107

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-S17

CRN: 20862

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-S17

CRN: 20642

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-S17

CRN: 20235

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-S17

CRN: 20643

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500L-S17

CRN: 20739

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500O-S17

CRN: 21961

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500P-S17

CRN: 21623

Independent Research
Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-S17

CRN: 20236

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-S17

CRN: 20644

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700D-S17

CRN: 20238

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-S17

CRN: 20863

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-S17

CRN: 20645

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-S17

CRN: 20242

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-S17

CRN: 20646

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700L-S17

CRN: 20740

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700O-S17

CRN: 21962

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700P-S17

CRN: 21624

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-S17

CRN: 21273

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701C-S17

CRN: 21275

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701D-S17

CRN: 21276

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-S17

CRN: 21278

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701G-S17

CRN: 21279

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701J-S17

CRN: 21282

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-S17

CRN: 21283

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701L-S17

CRN: 21284

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701O-S17

CRN: 21963

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701P-S17

CRN: 21625

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

Department of Religion

Munroe Hall
427 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753