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RELI0123A-S13

CRN: 22219

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 0121 but may be taken independently) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0123X-S13

CRN: 22233

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 0121 but may be taken independently) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0123Y-S13

CRN: 22234

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 0121 but may be taken independently) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0140A-S13

CRN: 22235

Hindu Traditions of India

Hindu Traditions of India AT
In this course we will identify and examine key themes and issues in the study of Hindu religious traditions in India, beginning with the defining of the terms Hinduism, religions, and religious. We will primarily focus on the ways Hindu religious traditions—texts, narratives, and practices—are performed, received, and experienced in India. Essential aspects of Hindu religious traditions will be examined, including: key concepts (darsan, dharma, karma and caste), key texts (the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana), and major religious deities (Shiva, Devi and Vishnu). The course will also cover contemporary Hindu-Muslim encounters, and the emerging shape of Hinduism in the American diaspora. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0140X-S13

CRN: 22236

Hindu Traditions of India
Discussion

Hindu Traditions of India AT
In this course we will identify and examine key themes and issues in the study of Hindu religious traditions in India, beginning with the defining of the terms Hinduism, religions, and religious. We will primarily focus on the ways Hindu religious traditions—texts, narratives, and practices—are performed, received, and experienced in India. Essential aspects of Hindu religious traditions will be examined, including: key concepts (darsan, dharma, karma and caste), key texts (the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana), and major religious deities (Shiva, Devi and Vishnu). The course will also cover contemporary Hindu-Muslim encounters, and the emerging shape of Hinduism in the American diaspora. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0140Y-S13

CRN: 22237

Hindu Traditions of India
Discussion

Hindu Traditions of India AT
In this course we will identify and examine key themes and issues in the study of Hindu religious traditions in India, beginning with the defining of the terms Hinduism, religions, and religious. We will primarily focus on the ways Hindu religious traditions—texts, narratives, and practices—are performed, received, and experienced in India. Essential aspects of Hindu religious traditions will be examined, including: key concepts (darsan, dharma, karma and caste), key texts (the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana), and major religious deities (Shiva, Devi and Vishnu). The course will also cover contemporary Hindu-Muslim encounters, and the emerging shape of Hinduism in the American diaspora. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0180A-S13

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180A-S13

CRN: 21664

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-S13

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180X-S13

CRN: 21665

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-S13

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Y-S13

CRN: 21666

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-S13

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Z-S13

CRN: 21720

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.

RELI0190A-S13

CRN: 22263

Intro to Religious Ethics

Introduction to Religious Ethics ET, WT
This course is an introduction to the insight that western religious traditions lend to the evaluation of contemporary moral problems. To begin we will explore the methods and authorities by which Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam approach ethics, by focusing on the issue of abortion. The second part of the course deals with specific moral issues including war, capital punishment, and sex. Attention will be paid to what selected authorities and thinkers in these traditions say about these issues, but through the use of case studies the course also will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own approach to ethics. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0190X-S13

CRN: 22525

Intro to Religious Ethics
Discussion

Introduction to Religious Ethics ET, WT
This course is an introduction to the insight that western religious traditions lend to the evaluation of contemporary moral problems. To begin we will explore the methods and authorities by which Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam approach ethics, by focusing on the issue of abortion. The second part of the course deals with specific moral issues including war, capital punishment, and sex. Attention will be paid to what selected authorities and thinkers in these traditions say about these issues, but through the use of case studies the course also will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own approach to ethics. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0190Y-S13

CRN: 22526

Intro to Religious Ethics
Discussion

Introduction to Religious Ethics ET, WT
This course is an introduction to the insight that western religious traditions lend to the evaluation of contemporary moral problems. To begin we will explore the methods and authorities by which Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam approach ethics, by focusing on the issue of abortion. The second part of the course deals with specific moral issues including war, capital punishment, and sex. Attention will be paid to what selected authorities and thinkers in these traditions say about these issues, but through the use of case studies the course also will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own approach to ethics. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0208A-S13

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0208A-S13

CRN: 21667

Sociology of American Religion

The Sociology of American 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). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0257A-S13

CRN: 22351

Shi'a Islam

Shi’a Islam
In this course we will study the historical development of Shi’a Islam as well as its varieties across the Muslim world, from the Indian subcontinent to Lebanon. Shi’ism is the most important counter-narrative to Sunnism, the main narrative of the Sacred history of Islam. Shi’ism is often portrayed as a form of “revolutionary Islam” due to the many revolts with which it has been associated, not least among them the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. Alternatively, it has also been portrayed as a form of “esoteric Islam” due to the strong mystical/esoteric elements that run deep through some renderings of Shi’ism. We will then read primary sources and scholarly arguments to see whether either of these two portrayals can justly represent Shi’ism. (Previous knowledge of Islam is desirable, but not required). 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0272A-S13

CRN: 22292

African Amer Religious History

African American Religious History AR
This course offers an introduction to African American religious experiences in the United States. We will look at religious practices "imported" from Africa, slave religion, the growth of independent black denominations, the Back to Africa movement, black “new religious movements” (such as Garveyism and the Nation of Islam), and the religious dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement. As we explore the influence of forced immigration, slavery, gender, segregation and freedom movements on the shape of African Americans' religious experiences, three questions will inform our discussion. What is "African" about African American religions? As a group excluded from many of the freedoms of American society, what is "American" in African American religious experiences? How are notions of religion and religious practice nuanced when applied to these particular cultural contexts? 3 hrs. lect.

RELI0278A-S13

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0278A-S13

CRN: 22216

Protestant or Puritan

Protestant or Puritan? AR
What is in a name? The community of English Reformers known as "Puritans," some of whom emigrated to New England, were part of the larger Reformation group called "Protestants." The connotations of the two terms are quite different. We will begin by assessing their quest for reform by reading the New Testament, Calvin, and Milton. We will then explore "Puritanism" in America. We will study writings by John Winthrop, Edward Taylor, and Jonathan Edwards, as well as the image of American Puritanism in literature by Hawthorne, Arthur Miller, and Robert Lowell. We will conclude by considering the transformation of "Puritan" ideas in the social thought of Reinhold Niebuhr. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0298A-S13

CRN: 22324

Privilege and Poverty

Privilege and Poverty: An Interdisciplinary Study of Economic InequalitY
In this course, we will employ the tools of economics, history, sociology, philosophy, and theology to study domestic and global economic inequality. The first question we will consider is descriptive: what are the causes of economic inequality? The second question we will entertain is normative: how should an ethical society respond to the reality of economic inequality? Readings will be drawn from current literature as well as classic texts, including thinkers like Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Walter Rauschenbusch, Jane Addams, Reinhold Niebuhr, Cornel West, John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and Amartya Sen. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0329A-S13

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RELI0329B-S13

CRN: 22243

Religion in Modern China

Persecution and Revival of Religion in Modern China AT
In this study of the dramatic recent religious history of China, we will begin with "modern" critics and reformers at the end of the imperial era and then consider the communist suppression of religion and the "cult of Mao." Our focus, however, will be the remarkable revival of religion since Mao's death in 1976. We will investigate the activity itself-ranging from traditional practices to new religious movements to various forms of Christianity - and the complex cultural and political dynamics involved in this "return" to religion. (HIST 0232, RELI 0225, or waiver) 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0329B-S13

Cross-Listed As:
RELI0329A-S13

CRN: 22605

Religion in Modern China

Persecution and Revival of Religion in Modern China AT
In this study of the dramatic recent religious history of China, we will begin with "modern" critics and reformers at the end of the imperial era and then consider the communist suppression of religion and the "cult of Mao." Our focus, however, will be the remarkable revival of religion since Mao's death in 1976. We will investigate the activity itself-ranging from traditional practices to new religious movements to various forms of Christianity - and the complex cultural and political dynamics involved in this "return" to religion. (HIST 0232, RELI 0225, or waiver) 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0341A-S13

Cross-Listed As:
WAGS0341A-S13

CRN: 22352

Gender Sexuality S. Asian Rel

Gender and Sexuality in South Asian Religions
In this course we will focus on historical and ethnographic scholarship on Hinduism and Islam in South Asia. We will initially draw on the theories of Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, and third world feminists to examine issues of gender and sexuality. Then we will examine a range of case studies—including colonial interpretations of the Hindu practices of sati, the experiences of devadasis in Telugu south India, an account of a female Muslim healer in Hyderabad, and the religious practices of third-gendered hijras—to address how gender and sexuality are constructed in the religious landscape of South Asian Hinduism and Islam. Prior study of religion or women’s and gender studies is required. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0350A-S13

CRN: 21812

Mystical Tradition of Islam

Sufism, The Mystical Tradition of Islam
In this seminar, we will start our adventure in the Sufi world by focusing on the historical and religious contexts in which the mystical tradition of Islam developed during the early Islamic centuries. We will then turn to the so-called classical period focusing on the institutionalization of Sufism, major themes of the classical Sufi literature; fundamental teachings and practices of Sufis; and important figures like Rumi, Ibn Arabi, and Hafez. Finally, we will move to the modern period to discuss the ways in which the Sufi tradition has been re-interpreted, contested, or transformed throughout the Muslim world in response to the challenges of modernity. In all this, our main concern will be to develop an understanding of the mystical perspective that has influenced the outlook of much of the world's diverse Muslim population. Requires familiarity with the Islamic tradition. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0362A-S13

CRN: 22244

Zionism: Ideas and Realities

Zionism: Ideas and Realities WT
In this course, we study the emergence of Zionism as a Jewish national movement in the 19th century, and follow its proponents and critics into the present debate on the nature of the modern State of Israel. Topics will include: Zionism as a secular rebellion against tradition; Zionism as a messianic movement; the vision of a "bi-national state"; the Palestinian critique of Zionism; "Postzionism" and the controversy over the "New Historians." Materials include readings from the major voices in the history of Zionism and their critics, as well as modern scholarship, and Israeli and Palestinian literature. 3 hrs. sem.

RELI0400A-S13

CRN: 21184

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.

RELI0500A-S13

CRN: 20122

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-S13

CRN: 20124

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-S13

CRN: 20796

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-S13

CRN: 20143

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500F-S13

CRN: 21078

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500G-S13

CRN: 20797

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500H-S13

CRN: 20303

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500I-S13

CRN: 20304

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500J-S13

CRN: 20305

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-S13

CRN: 20798

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500L-S13

CRN: 20911

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500M-S13

CRN: 21552

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-S13

CRN: 20306

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700B-S13

CRN: 20307

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-S13

CRN: 20799

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-S13

CRN: 20309

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700F-S13

CRN: 21079

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700G-S13

CRN: 20800

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700H-S13

CRN: 20310

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700I-S13

CRN: 20311

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700J-S13

CRN: 20312

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-S13

CRN: 20801

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700L-S13

CRN: 20912

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700M-S13

CRN: 21228

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-S13

CRN: 22220

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701B-S13

CRN: 22221

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701C-S13

CRN: 22222

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701E-S13

CRN: 22224

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-S13

CRN: 22225

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701G-S13

CRN: 22226

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701H-S13

CRN: 22227

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701I-S13

CRN: 22228

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701J-S13

CRN: 22229

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-S13

CRN: 22230

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701L-S13

CRN: 22231

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701M-S13

CRN: 22232

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required