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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Religion (Division 457)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 – December 22)

Open courses in Religion

Wolverine Access Subject listing for RELIGION

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The Studies in Religion Program provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern of the program is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.


Rel. 122/ACABS 122. Introduction to the New Testament.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gabrielle Boccaccini (gbocca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 122.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3 or 4

Rel. 201/ACABS 200/AAPTIS 200/HJCS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern.

Section 001 – Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu), Alexander Knysh

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 200.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Rel. 202/Buddhist Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to the Study of Asian Religions.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Sharf (rsharf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 220.001.

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Rel. 225/S&SEA 225/Asian Studies 225. Hinduism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See South & Southeast Asia 225.001.

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Rel. 286/Hist. 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Fine

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 286.001.

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Rel. 303/S&SEA 303/Asian Studies 303. Sikhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Pashaura Singh (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See South & Southeast Asia 303.001.

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Rel. 312. Church and American Society.

Sections 002-007 may be elected to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

Instructor(s): N Miles

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~madmann/rel312/syllabus.htm

Religion has exerted a fundamental and powerful influence upon the intellectual, social, political, economic and educational fabric of the United States of America. Virtually from its inception as a conglomeration of English colonies, the United States has been a haven for a number of religious groups who were unable to find ready acceptance in the Old World, and who would eventually create a single republic holding the concept of religious freedom as a sacred right. No understanding of American history, life, and culture is complete without also understanding the dynamic role of religion in the American experience. But religious belief and practice has in fact exerted a fundamental and powerful influence upon every human society. Therefore – and regardless of one's personal attitudes for or against religious belief – a proper understanding of any particular human society necessarily demands a proper understanding of the historical and continuing influence of religious belief upon and within the various elements of that particular society. This course will endeavor to provide such an understanding of the formative, pervasive, and inextricable relationship between religious belief and the life of the nation.

One of the most important features of American society is the impact which religion has had upon the society. The emergence of a powerful religiously based right makes the question of what happens when religion and society clash more important. This course is a survey of the ways in which religion and society are influenced by each other in America. The course is divided into three sections. Section one explores the religious underpinnings of American society. Section two explores the changing nature of American society as a result of urbanization, secularization, and changing ethics. Section three looks at how religious groups have tried to come to grips with the contemporary American society. It will cover a number of different responses, from the positive thinking of Norman Vincent Peale to the evangelical revivals of Oral Roberts and Billy Graham, to the social and political activism of Martin Luther King and Jerry Falwell. The role of newer personality cults will also be explored. The course will be conducted in a lecture format with large blocks for discussion. Films and research projects will round out the offering. Class meets once per week.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS… Texts: Martin E. Marty. Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America. Boston: Little & Brown, 1984; and Norman K. Miles, ed. Coursepack: Religion 312 Fall 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Dollar Bill Copying, 2000

Assignments & Grading: Biweekly Quizzes 25%, Essays and Final Exam 65%, and Participation 10%. Those who are taking the course for university credits must register for and attend the Friday afternoon lectures (i.e. Religion 312.01) and one discussion section (i.e. from Religion 312.02-07). Lecture notes and reading assignments for each lecture must be completed and reviewed before each discussion section. Registered students may attend only the discussion sections for which they are registered. You may, however (with the expressed knowledge and permission of the discussion section instructor), attend another discussion section IF it is taught by the same instructor who teaches the section for which you are in fact registered for. Excused absences will only be granted for documentable extenuating circumstances, and there will be no make-ups for missed quizzes. Those eligible for and opting to complete the Junior/Senior Writing Requirement must modify their course status accordingly (via Wolverine Access or in person at the Sweetland Writing Center), and must satisfactorily complete the mandated tasks. The time and place of the final exam will be announced. Late assignments will be penalized.

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Rel. 365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edwin Curley (emcurley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~emcurley/365syl00.htm

See Philosophy 365.001.

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Rel. 375/MEMS 375/German 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Astrid Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Scandinavian 375.001.

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Rel. 380. Selected Topics.

Section 001 – Pagans and Christians: The Formation of Christian Identity in the Roman Empire. Meets with Classical Civilization 481.001.

Instructor(s): Sabine Maccormack (sgm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits. Only one course from Religion 380, 387, and 487 may be elected in the same term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Classical Civilization 481.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Rel. 387. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in Religion. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed to accommodate students who are unable to take listed offerings and have special reasons for undertaking directed reading.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

Rel. 448/Psych. 418. Psychology and Spiritual Development.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Mann (rdmann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rdmann/

See Psychology 418.001.

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Rel. 469/HJCS 478/Judaic Studies 468. Jewish Mysticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 478.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 1

Rel. 471/HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Section 001 – The Year as Spiritual Practice: Models of Sacred Time in Jewish Mysticism. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 577.001.

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Rel. 487. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concentration in Religion. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed to accommodate advanced students who are unable to elect a listed offering and who have special reasons and/or interests in directed readings and research.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

Rel. 497. Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors admitted to the Honors concentration program. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Each student prepares a substantial paper under the direction of a staff member.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

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