Courses in Studies in Religion (Division 457)

202/Buddhist Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Foulk)

204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

See General Near East 204. (Mir)

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

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 280. (Mirecki)

310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afroamerican Experience. (3). (HU).

A general survey of the religious experience of Afro-Americans, concentrating on developments in the religious life of Black people in America. Various religious impulses within the Black community will be studied, including traditional Christianity, Islam, Judaism, cultic Christianity (as expressed in the various Pentecostal movements which have been described as "personality cults" such as those led by Father Divine, Daddy Grace, Prophet Jones, and Rev. Ike. A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given as a background for a proper understanding of the ways in which the introduction of Christianity affected African people, followed by a study of the development of religion among Black people in the ante-bellum America. A study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups early in the twentieth century. The role of mainline churches and their success or failure in translating the needs and aspirations of the Black community to the larger society will be studied in relation to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the development of new social-action oriented religious movements. The course will conclude with an exploration of Black religious moods in contemporary society. (N. Miles)

323/Buddhist Studies 325. Buddhism in Zen Perspective. (3). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 325. (Foulk)

355/Women's Studies 355. Women and Religion II: Judaism and Christianity and Beyond. (3). (HU).

This course focuses on women in Judaism, Christianity and current feminist religions. It begins with a historical prologue, understanding the female in early polytheistic religions, and then studying women in the Bible, but the main thrust of the course is on the religions of the world. The course concentrates on four facets of women and religion: (1) the position of women in these religions, and the norms and lifestyles envisioned for them; (2) prominent women in these religions; (3) the ideas about the female taught by these religions and (4) religious conceptions of sexuality, fertility, carnality and nature, which have direct bearing on the status and understanding of women. There will be two exams, a midterm and a final. (Frymer-Kensky)

360. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Primary History. (4). (HU).

An examination of the social, historical, and religious issues which arise when interpreting the historical narratives of the Hebrew Bible, i.e., Genesis through Kings. The course begins with an assessment of the historical value of the Patriarchal, Covenant, and Conquest materials. Next, the political pressures which led to the formation of a state will be explored. The development of the monarchy under David and Solomon, and the conquest and fall of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah will conclude the course. The class will be interdisciplinary in focus, raising questions of sociological, anthropological, economic, and religious importance. Classes will meet twice weekly for lectures and once a week for discussion. A knowledge of historical method or biblical history and/or Religion 201 are encouraged. Course requirements include the writing of three papers and participation in a discussion section. The course is part of a sequence of three courses on the Hebrew Bible. (Pleins)

369/Psych 370. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (Excl).

See Psychology 370. (R. Mann)

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

The course will deal with several cycles of myths and sagas, including Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon literature, Roland, the Nibelungenlied, the Lancelot cycle, Tristan and the Isolde cycle in Celtic and Germanic literature, the Tain in Irish literature which includes the Conchobar and CuChulainn tales, the Welsh Mabinogi tales of Pwyll, Branwen, Culhwch and Olwen, Tales of Gwion Bach and Taliesin, the Arthurian Welsh Tales, such as the Lady of the Fountain, Peredur and Gereint, and many sagas of the Prose Edda in the world of the Nordic gods. Readings will incorporate 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 Baldur's death, and perhaps also Wagner's Ring Cycle in music and literature. Grades will be based on several short papers, a midterm and a final exam. (Beck)

387. Independent Study. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

This course is designed to accommodate students who may be unable to take listed offerings or have special reasons for undertaking directed readings. Course content and requirements are worked out individually between the student and the instructor.

424/Psych. 403. Personality and Religious Development. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

See Psychology 403. (J. Mann)

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

See Cultural Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

487. Independent Study. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

This course is designed to accommodate students who may be unable to take listed offerings or have special reasons for undertaking directed readings. Course content and requirements are worked out individually between the student and instructor. This course is also approved for graduate students.

497. Senior Honors Thesis. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

Each student will prepare a substantial paper under the direction of a staff member. (Open only to seniors admitted to the Honors Program.)


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