Courses in Religion (Division 457)

201/GNE 201. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ABS 200. (4). (HU).

This course serves two main functions: the first of these is to provide an introductory sense of what is involved in the academic study of religion; the second, which will occupy almost the whole term, is to introduce the major religious traditions of the Near East, with emphasis on the development and major structures of Israelite religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will keep two foci in view: one will have to do with the historical development of these religious traditions, their sacred texts and major personalities; the second will involve a comparative view of these traditions by analyzing their sense of such matters as the sacred in space, time, and text, and their views on holy people. This is an introductory course: it is not necessary for students to have any previous experience in the study of religion. The course consists of three weekly lectures and a discussion group. Writing for the course typically involves an essay, a midterm, and a final exam. Section 002 is an Honors section open to any student prepared to do more in return for more opportunity to discuss in a seminar-sized section, and more attention to the student's writing. This course is offered every Fall Term. For further information please contact the Program on Studies in Religion, 445 West Engineering. Cost:3 WL:4 (Ginsburg and Williams)

230/Asian Studies 230/Buddhist Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 230. (Gómez)

280/ABS 280. Jesus and the Gospels. (4). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 280. (Fossum)

286/History 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century. (3). (HU).

See History 286. (J.Fine)

312. Church and American Society. (3). (HU).

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 WL:1 (Miles)

365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion. (4). (HU).

See Philosophy 365. (Curley)

375/MARC 375/German 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).

The course will deal with several cycles of myths and sagas, including Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon literature; Roland & the Nibelungenlied in the Germanic literature; Tristan and Isolde, the Mabinogi tale of Pwyll, Branwen, Culwch & Olwen, Gwion Bach & Taliesin, and the Arthurian tales in the Welsh cycles; the Tain in the Irish cycle; and the sagas of the Prose Edda in the world of the Nordic gods. Readings will incorporate other literature based on these myths, such as Gray's ode "The Fatal Sisters," which deals with the Valkyries as messengers of Odin, Longfellow's poem "Tegner's Drapa" which bemoans Balder's death, and perhaps also the Erlkönig or Wagner's Ring Cycle in music and literature. Grades will be based on several exams and a paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Beck)

403/Phil. 403/Amer. Cult. 403. American Philosophy. One Philosophy Introduction. (3). (Excl).

See Philosophy 403. (Meiland)

447/Poli. Sci. 447. Comparative Studies in Religion and Politics. (3). (Excl).

See Political Science 447. (Levine)

452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

See Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

478/GNE 478/Judaic Studies 478. Topics in Modern Judaism: Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

See General Near East 478. (Ginsburg)

488/ABS 483/Class. Civ. 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (Excl).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 483. (Boccaccini)


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