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RELI0180A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180A-S12

CRN: 22068

Intro to Biblical Literature

An Introduction to Biblical Literature ST, WT
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.

RELI0180X-S12

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180X-S12

CRN: 22069

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion

An Introduction to Biblical Literature ST, WT
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-S12

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Y-S12

CRN: 22070

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion

An Introduction to Biblical Literature ST, WT
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-S12

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Z-S12

CRN: 22128

Intro to Biblical Literature
Discussion

An Introduction to Biblical Literature ST, WT
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.

RELI0208A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0208B-S12 SOAN0208A-S12 SOAN0208B-S12

CRN: 22073

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of Religion AR
The course focuses on classical and contemporary issues in the sociology of religion. We begin with definitional debates about what religion is and the strengths and limitations of a social science of religion. We then consider issues of religious commitment and conversion; the changing role and influence of religion in contemporary society (i.e., secularization theory); change in religious communities; American religious history; women, family, and religious life; and the emergence of new religious movements. Throughout the course we read ethnographic and historical studies of various religious organizations and communities (e.g., American Protestantism, the Amish, Catholicism, Hare Krishna, Shakers, Oneida, Mormons). Limited places available for students to satisfy the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0208B-S12

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0208A-S12 SOAN0208A-S12 SOAN0208B-S12

CRN: 22074

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of Religion AR
The course focuses on classical and contemporary issues in the sociology of religion. We begin with definitional debates about what religion is and the strengths and limitations of a social science of religion. We then consider issues of religious commitment and conversion; the changing role and influence of religion in contemporary society (i.e., secularization theory); change in religious communities; American religious history; women, family, and religious life; and the emergence of new religious movements. Throughout the course we read ethnographic and historical studies of various religious organizations and communities (e.g., American Protestantism, the Amish, Catholicism, Hare Krishna, Shakers, Oneida, Mormons). Limited places available for students to satisfy the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0209A-S12

CRN: 22196

Mindfulness and Psychology

Religion and Science: Mindfulness and Modern Psychology AT
In this course we will explore the theory and practice of Buddhism Mindfulness meditation and its application and study in modern psychology. We will first examine Mindfulness in its historical context, as taught by the Buddha in ancient India and further developed in pre-modern Burma. We will consider its current application in clinical settings in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program and then explore the science of emotions and meditation, addressing multiple theoretical and methodological issues. We will also discuss the cross-cultural psychology of adapting traditional meditation to a modern, individualistic, and therapeutic context. In addition to class meetings, students will participate in a clinical trial of Mindfulness throughout the semester. 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0223A-S12

CRN: 21596

Buddhist Tradition in EastAsia

The Buddhist Tradition in East Asia AT
An introduction to the development of Buddhism within the East Asian cultural sphere of China, Korea, and Japan. We will consider continuities of thought, institution, and practice with the Indian Buddhist tradition as well as East Asian innovations, particularly the rise of the Chan/Zen and Pure Land schools. (Follows RELI 0220 but may be taken independently). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0223X-S12

CRN: 22075

Buddhist Tradition in EastAsia
Discussion

The Buddhist Tradition in East Asia AT
An introduction to the development of Buddhism within the East Asian cultural sphere of China, Korea, and Japan. We will consider continuities of thought, institution, and practice with the Indian Buddhist tradition as well as East Asian innovations, particularly the rise of the Chan/Zen and Pure Land schools. (Follows RELI 0220 but may be taken independently). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0223Y-S12

CRN: 22076

Buddhist Tradition in EastAsia
Discussion

The Buddhist Tradition in East Asia AT
An introduction to the development of Buddhism within the East Asian cultural sphere of China, Korea, and Japan. We will consider continuities of thought, institution, and practice with the Indian Buddhist tradition as well as East Asian innovations, particularly the rise of the Chan/Zen and Pure Land schools. (Follows RELI 0220 but may be taken independently). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0223Z-S12

CRN: 22077

Buddhist Tradition in EastAsia
Discussion

The Buddhist Tradition in East Asia AT
An introduction to the development of Buddhism within the East Asian cultural sphere of China, Korea, and Japan. We will consider continuities of thought, institution, and practice with the Indian Buddhist tradition as well as East Asian innovations, particularly the rise of the Chan/Zen and Pure Land schools. (Follows RELI 0220 but may be taken independently). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0237A-S12

CRN: 21693

Christians/Early Modern Europe

Christianity in Early Modern Europe WT
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 major theologians like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ignatius of Loyola, but we also will consider popular religious practices of the period. Finally, we will ask how cultural evolution and religious revolution influenced one another, especially in the rise of vernacular translations of the Bible and in the European colonization of the New World. 3 hrs lect.

RELI0253A-S12

CRN: 22248

The Prophet Muhammad

The Prophet Muhammad
In this course, we will study Muslim and non-Muslim conceptions of the Prophet Muhammad. We will investigate the historical Prophet with emphasis not only on how the Prophet has been imagined, portrayed, and venerated by Muslims, but also on how he is conceived in the medieval through contemporary Jewish, Christian, and Orientalist imaginations. The aim is to study literature such as sira (biographies of the Prophet), rituals such as mawlid al-nabi (Prophet's birthday), theological approaches to the life of the Prophet to cover Muslim conceptions, and texts spanning the medieval through the contemporary era for better understanding of non-Muslim perceptions. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0270A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
AMST0270A-S12

CRN: 22394

Thoreau/Lib Relig/Soc Change

Thoreau, Liberal Religion and Social Change AR, WT
Thoreau is best known as a “nature writer,” but his contribution to American religion and culture is much broader. In this course, we will examine Thoreau’s work within the broader context of his deepest concerns, including challenges to Christian orthodoxies, the early study of “world religions,” abolitionism, non-violence, and the critique of capitalism. We will focus on Thoreau’s life and thought including Walden and beyond, reading widely among thinkers who most influenced him. In the second half of the seminar, we will explore Thoreau’s many modern legacies: liberal religion, religious pluralism, non-violent resistance, anti-consumption, environmentalism, and civil rights campaigns. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0274A-S12

CRN: 22078

The Simple Life in America

The Simple Life in American Culture AR
The pursuit of the simple life is rarely simple. Nevertheless, it has been a longstanding impulse in American culture. This course will explore the history and sociology of the American quest for the simple life, paying particular attention to the religious and spiritual contexts and dimensions of this pursuit. In the first half of the course, our approach will be historical, examining the emphasis on simplicity from Puritan beginnings to Progressive Era reformers. The second half of the course will examine more recent efforts, including those thinkers whose emphasis on simplicity includes religious, environmentalist and anti-consumerist visions of social change. (formerly RELI/AMCV 0274) 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0275A-S12

CRN: 22079

Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State: Religious Foundations for an American Ide AR, ET
This course will consider the meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, with special attention given to the ways in which different definitions of "religion" and "politics" can affect the interpretation of their relationship. Our study of this American doctrine will begin with its historical foundations in the thought of Roger Williams, William Penn, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. We then will trace the evolution of interpretation through Supreme Court jurisprudence on church/state relations, primarily from the twentieth century. Finally, we will pay specific attention to the consequences of our interpretation on current debates over issues like school vouchers, faith-based initiatives, and the tax-status of religious organizations. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0276A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
AMST0276A-S12

CRN: 22080

Religion in the Borderlands
Please register via AMST 0276

Religion in the Borderlands AT
In this course we will survey the religious and cultural history of the U.S./Mexico borderlands. Themes and issues to be covered include: the definition of place, the history of religious iconography, ritual performance and community, transformations in forms of belief, and the effects of linguistic pluralism on cultural and religious creativity. Readings will include: Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera, Alberto Pulido's The Sacred World of the Penitentes, and other historical and literary works. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0350A-S12

CRN: 22249

Seminar In Islam
Sufism: Islamic Mysticism

Sufism: Islamic Mysticism
In this course we will explore Sufism and other Islamic mystical traditions spanning four continents and fourteen centuries. We will investigate the Islamic theosophical traditions of the Arab and Persian worlds, concentrating on the mystical theology of Sarraj, Makki, Hujwiri, al-Ghazzali, and Suhrawardi and the prose and verse traditions tied to Ali b. Abi Talib, Jafar as-Sadiq, al-Hallaj, Rabi'a al-Basri, Attar, Ibn Arabi, and Rumi. We will then discuss the growth of Islamic mysticism over time and investigate the relationship between Sufism and poetics, colonialism, and post-colonial resistance movements. Gender, sexuality, music, globalization, and religious pluralism will be discussed throughout. Some previous study of Islam required. 3hrs. sem. PHL AAL (B. Madaninejad)

RELI0353A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0353A-S12

CRN: 22081

Anthropology Muslim Cultures
Please register via SOAN 0353A

Islam in Practice: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures WT
In this course, we will explore Muslim cultures across the world. We will approach Islam from an anthropological, as opposed to a text-based or theological, perspective. We will take a global view, focusing not only on the Middle East but on Muslim societies in North America, Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and South-East Asia. Topics we will cover include: (1) the diversity of Muslim identity and practice; (2) the impact of colonialism and empire on Muslim societies; (3) women's experiences of Islam; and (4) the politics of religious practice. (Prior coursework in anthropology, sociology, or religion recommended) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0374A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0374A-S12

CRN: 22083

Immigrant Religions in America

Immigrant Religions in America AR
In this seminar we will consider religions of Asians, Latin Americans, and others, who immigrated to United States after 1965 changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Immigrants from Asia brought Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other religions, while those from Latin America, as well as from some Asian countries, imported distinctive styles of Catholicism and Protestantism. Transplantation thus brought transformation and "a new religious America." Major topics include: religion and ethnicity, assimilation and resistance, transnationalism, pan-ethnic formation, new forms of worship and ritual, gender, and the second-generation. We will read a variety of case studies with an eye toward comparative analysis and understanding.

RELI0381A-S12

CRN: 22084

Seminar in the New Testament
Paul and his Legacy

Seminar in the New Testament: Paul and his Legacy WT
The apostle Paul was one of the most important shapers of early Christianity. His letters to the communities he founded in cities throughout the Roman world comprise much of the New Testament. Paul was also one of the most controversial figures of early Christianity, embroiled in conflict wherever he went and the topic of intense debate ever since. This seminar will begin with an examination of Paul's theology, the organization of his mission, his relationship to Jews and Gentiles, and the conflicts that arose in the churches he founded. We will go on to examine Paul's legacy by reading responses to Paul in the early, medieval, reformation, and modern eras of the Christian tradition. The seminar will seek to balance concern with theological interpretation and historical method in analysis of the texts. (RELI 0180 or RELI 0281)

RELI0390A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
WAGS0390A-S12

CRN: 22085

Seminar in Religious Ethics
Black Women's Voices of Lib.

Seminar in Religious Ethics: Black Women’s Voices of Liberation
Standing at the intersection of racial and gender discrimination, African American women have engaged structures of oppression from a distinct perspective. This course explores the origins and development of womanist and black feminist thought, beginning with abolitionists like Maria Stewart and Sojourner Truth, and extending to calls for justice during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights eras. We will also consider the continuing struggle for liberation in the work of contemporary black feminist ethics. We will examine the religious impulses that inform African American women’s responses to marginalization and consider how the study of black feminism informs our understanding of women and race in contemporary American society. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0400A-S12

CRN: 21212

Sem on the Study of Religion

Seminar on the Study of Religion
This seminar for advanced religion majors examines important and influencial theories and methods in the study of religion. (Open to junior and senior religion majors or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0472A-S12

Cross-Listed As:
INTL0472A-S12 HIST0472A-S12

CRN: 22086

Buddhist/Christian Monasticism
Please register via INTL 0472A

“The Religious Life”: Buddhist and Christian Monastic Traditions Compared AT WT*
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-S12

CRN: 20129

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-S12

CRN: 20131

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-S12

CRN: 20815

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500D-S12

CRN: 20140

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-S12

CRN: 20150

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-S12

CRN: 21099

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-S12

CRN: 20816

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-S12

CRN: 20313

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-S12

CRN: 20817

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500M-S12

CRN: 21915

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0601A-S12

CRN: 21101

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601B-S12

CRN: 21102

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601C-S12

CRN: 21103

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601D-S12

CRN: 21104

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601E-S12

CRN: 21105

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601F-S12

CRN: 21106

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601G-S12

CRN: 21107

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601J-S12

CRN: 21110

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601K-S12

CRN: 21111

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0601M-S12

CRN: 21259

Senior Project in Religion
Senior Project

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-S12

CRN: 20314

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700B-S12

CRN: 20315

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-S12

CRN: 20818

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700D-S12

CRN: 20316

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-S12

CRN: 20317

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-S12

CRN: 21100

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-S12

CRN: 20819

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-S12

CRN: 20320

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-S12

CRN: 20820

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)

RELI0700M-S12

CRN: 21260

Senior Thesis in Religion
Senior Thesis

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
(Approval Required)