Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Religion (Division 457)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Gene Schramm (gschramm@umich.edu) , Sherman Jackson (sajackso@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 200.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 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).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/1999/fall/lsa/asis/220/001.nsf

See Buddhist Studies 220.001.

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Rel. 246/Anthro. 246. Anthropology of Religion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Webb Keane (wkeane@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 246.001.

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

Rel. 280/ACABS 221. Jesus and the Gospels.

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 221.001.

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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. 312. Church and American Society.

Sections 002-007 meet 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.

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Rel. 375/MARC 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.

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Rel. 380. Selected Topics.

Section 001 Jewish Ethics. Meets with Philosophy 334.001.

Instructor(s): Daniel Statman

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.

This course aims at developing a framework to give students an understanding of the role played by ethics in the Jewish tradition, in particular the relation between ethics and Jewish law. Such a framework will include components taken from moral philosophy, the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of law, and hermeneutics. The course will open by presenting the well-known Euthyphro Dilemma does God love x because x is good, or is x good because God loves it? and will then proceed to a critical discussion of divine command theories of morality. The idea that religion overrides morality, as expressed, for example, by Kierkegård, will then be introduced and discussed. After completing the general philosophical introduction, various Jewish sources will be presented to illustrate the role played by morality in shaping Jewish law (halakha). Finally, an hermeneutic model for justifying this role will be suggested.

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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.

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Rel. 402. Topics in Religion.

Section 001 Shamanism and Spirit Possession. (3 credits). Meets with Cultural Anthropology 458.001.

Instructor(s): Rich Freeman (richfree@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upper-class standing. (1-3). (Excl).

Credits: (1-3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 458.001.

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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/

This course explores the stages of spiritual development, beginning with awakening and initiation, through the deepening of direct experience and the formulation of a coherent spiritual path, including the notion of an ultimate attainment. It explores the function of spiritual groups and teachers in facilitating this development. Of particular interest are: (1) the spiritual seeker's experience of "little death," the mode of apparent discontinuity when the "old life" is supplanted by a new identity and mode of living; (2) times of crisis, adaptation, and "the dark night". and (3) the experience of "physical death," as seen from the perspective of a lifetime of encountering both relative and absolute reality. By means of personal narratives and fictional accounts this course explores how diverse traditions create and value these moments of surrender and transformation. Lectures and readings by Hesse, Jung, Hillesum, Feild, Lessing, Soygal Rimpoche, Wilber, and others will form the basis of three short papers and one long final paper. There will be no final exam.

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Rel. 468/Class. Civ 466. Greek Religion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ludwig Koenen (koenen@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Classical Civilization 466.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1-2 Waitlist Code: 4

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.

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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.

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