Courses in Religion (Division 457)

225/S&SEA 225. Hinduism. (3). (HU).

See S&SEA 225. (Deshpande)

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

See Buddhist Studies 230. (Gómez)

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

See History 286. (J.Fine)

296/HJCS 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).

See Hebrew & Jewish Cultural Studies 296. (Ginsburg)

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)

359/ACABS 322/Hist. 307. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism. May be elected independently of Religion 358. (3). (HU).

See Ancient Civilizations And Biblical Studies 322. (Boccaccini)

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; 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)

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

See Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

476/Class. Civ. 476/Hist. 405. Pagans and Christians in the Roman World. (3). (HU).

See Classical Civilization 405. (MacCormack)

478/HJCS 477/Judaic Studies 478. Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

See HJCS 477. (Ginsburg)


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