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RELI0121A-S14

CRN: 22325

Buddhist Traditions in India

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
An introduction to the development of Indian Buddhist thought, practice, and institutions. The course will begin with an examination of the life of the Buddha and the formation of the early tradition. It will then explore developments from early Nikaya Buddhism, through the rise of the Mahayana, and culminating in Tantric Buddhism. Attention will be given throughout to parallel evolutions of doctrine, practice, and the path to Nirvana. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0121Y-S14

CRN: 22494

Buddhist Traditions in India
Discussion

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
An introduction to the development of Indian Buddhist thought, practice, and institutions. The course will begin with an examination of the life of the Buddha and the formation of the early tradition. It will then explore developments from early Nikaya Buddhism, through the rise of the Mahayana, and culminating in Tantric Buddhism. Attention will be given throughout to parallel evolutions of doctrine, practice, and the path to Nirvana. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0121Z-S14

CRN: 22495

Buddhist Traditions in India
Discussion

Buddhist Traditions in India AT
An introduction to the development of Indian Buddhist thought, practice, and institutions. The course will begin with an examination of the life of the Buddha and the formation of the early tradition. It will then explore developments from early Nikaya Buddhism, through the rise of the Mahayana, and culminating in Tantric Buddhism. Attention will be given throughout to parallel evolutions of doctrine, practice, and the path to Nirvana. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0130A-S14

CRN: 22382

The Christian Tradition

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Y-S14

CRN: 22496

The Christian Tradition
Discussion

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0130Z-S14

CRN: 22497

The Christian Tradition
Discussion

The Christian Tradition WT
An introduction to the ecclesiastical and theological development of Christianity. The course will begin with the formation of doctrine in the first five centuries. Attention will then be given to the development of Roman Catholicism, the Reformation, and the rise of Protestantism. The latter part of the course will deal with the changes that have occurred in the post-Enlightenment period and end with some contemporary issues. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.

RELI0180A-S14

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180A-S14

CRN: 21371

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-S14

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180X-S14

CRN: 21372

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-S14

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Y-S14

CRN: 21373

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-S14

Cross-Listed As:
ENAM0180Z-S14

CRN: 21384

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-S14

Cross-Listed As:
SOAN0208A-S14

CRN: 21374

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.

RELI0236A-S14

CRN: 22211

Byzantium & Orthodox Church

Byzantium & the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church ST, WT
This course is an introduction to Orthodox Christianity as reflected in the Greek, Slavic, and Near Eastern churches. We will examine the origins of the Orthodox tradition in the early Church, its centrality in the Byzantine empire, and the division between East and West. We will study key doctrinal and theological issues such as Christology and Incarnation, the Holy Trinity and the Theotokos (Mother of God), and the divine potential of human nature. We will also look at the liturgical experience that defines Orthodoxy as a living tradition, including the veneration of icons, the role of saints and monasticism, the significance of prayer and the sacraments. Readings include both church Fathers and mystics, as well as modern theologians and philosophers. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0236Y-S14

CRN: 22212

Byzantium & Orthodox Church
Discussion

Byzantium & the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church ST, WT
This course is an introduction to Orthodox Christianity as reflected in the Greek, Slavic, and Near Eastern churches. We will examine the origins of the Orthodox tradition in the early Church, its centrality in the Byzantine empire, and the division between East and West. We will study key doctrinal and theological issues such as Christology and Incarnation, the Holy Trinity and the Theotokos (Mother of God), and the divine potential of human nature. We will also look at the liturgical experience that defines Orthodoxy as a living tradition, including the veneration of icons, the role of saints and monasticism, the significance of prayer and the sacraments. Readings include both church Fathers and mystics, as well as modern theologians and philosophers. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0236Z-S14

CRN: 22213

Byzantium & Orthodox Church
Discussion

Byzantium & the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church ST, WT
This course is an introduction to Orthodox Christianity as reflected in the Greek, Slavic, and Near Eastern churches. We will examine the origins of the Orthodox tradition in the early Church, its centrality in the Byzantine empire, and the division between East and West. We will study key doctrinal and theological issues such as Christology and Incarnation, the Holy Trinity and the Theotokos (Mother of God), and the divine potential of human nature. We will also look at the liturgical experience that defines Orthodoxy as a living tradition, including the veneration of icons, the role of saints and monasticism, the significance of prayer and the sacraments. Readings include both church Fathers and mystics, as well as modern theologians and philosophers. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0254A-S14

CRN: 22214

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.

RELI0257A-S14

CRN: 21796

Shi'i Islam

Shi'i Islam
What is Shi'i Islam? How is it different from Sunni Islam? Is Shi'ism an ideology of revolt or an esoteric cult? What does it even mean to ask such a question? We will delve into the early history of the Muslim community to understand the contested ways in which religious authority, knowledge, and charisma were interpreted by different parties. We will read from classical primary sources about the Shi'i creed and compare and contrast it to the Sunni perspective. Finally, we will explore the many ways in which Shi’ite communities across the Muslim world have responded to the challenge of modernities, nationalisms, and their persecution as minorities. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

RELI0341A-S14

Cross-Listed As:
GSFS0341A-S14

CRN: 21797

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-S14

CRN: 21402

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.

RELI0381A-S14

CRN: 22426

Seminar in the New Testament
Jesus-Ethics of the Kingdom

RELI0390A-S14

CRN: 22372

Seminar in Religious Ethics
Black Women's Voices

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-S14

CRN: 21060

Seminar: Study of Religion

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

RELI0500A-S14

CRN: 20112

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500B-S14

CRN: 20114

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500C-S14

CRN: 20719

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500D-S14

CRN: 20118

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500E-S14

CRN: 20127

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500H-S14

CRN: 20262

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500I-S14

CRN: 20263

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500K-S14

CRN: 20721

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500L-S14

CRN: 20828

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0500M-S14

CRN: 21339

Independent Research

Independent Research
(Approval Required)

RELI0700A-S14

CRN: 20265

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700B-S14

CRN: 20266

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700C-S14

CRN: 20722

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700D-S14

CRN: 20267

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700E-S14

CRN: 20268

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700H-S14

CRN: 20269

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700I-S14

CRN: 20270

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700K-S14

CRN: 20724

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700L-S14

CRN: 20829

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0700M-S14

CRN: 21102

Senior Project in Religion

Senior Project
(Approval Required)

RELI0701A-S14

CRN: 21692

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701B-S14

CRN: 21693

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701C-S14

CRN: 21694

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701D-S14

CRN: 21695

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701E-S14

CRN: 21696

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701F-S14

CRN: 21697

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701H-S14

CRN: 21699

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701I-S14

CRN: 21700

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701K-S14

CRN: 21702

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701L-S14

CRN: 21703

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required

RELI0701M-S14

CRN: 21704

Senior Thesis in Religion

Senior Research for Honors Candidates
Approval required