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Fall '00 Course Guide

Courses in Religion (Division 457)

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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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.

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), Sherman Jackson

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.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

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: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

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: No Homepage Submitted.

See Philosophy 365.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

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 German 375.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Rel. 387. Independent Study.

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.

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: No Homepage Submitted.

See Psychology 418.001.

Cost: No Data Given. 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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Rel. 478/HJCS 477/Judaic Studies 478. Modern Jewish Thought.

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 477.001.

Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 1

Rel. 487. Independent Study.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

Rel. 497. Senior Honors Thesis.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

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