Courses 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)

203. Introduction to the Christian Tradition. (4). (HU).

A survey of the institutions, doctrine, political involvement, and culture of the Christian Churches of the West from Apostolic times to the 20th century. A textbook and two lectures a week will provide students with the necessary historical continuity. Two sections a week will be devoted to discussion of selected documents (such as creeds and confessions, papal encyclicals, monastic rules, and religious tracts) and some "literary classics" of the tradition (by such authors as St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is an introductory course with no prerequisites; and although previous religious education might obviously prove helpful, the staff will not assume that students have any background in the history or doctrine of the Christian Church. (Tentler)

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. (Fossum)

310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience. (3). (HU).

This course will provide students with 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. Oke.) A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given in the 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 ante-bellum America. The study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups 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. (Miles)

335. Christian Existence and Catholicism. Religion 201 or equivalent. (2). (Excl).

The course attempts a synthesis of Roman Catholicism (historical and contemporary) with a focus on what makes Catholicism distinctive in the purview of religion in general and Christianity in particular. The course endeavors to identify, explain, and explore the traditional doctrinal, moral ritual, and structural components and symbols of Catholicism. Topics will include a) human existence, b) God, c) belief and unbelief, d) Jesus Christ in contemporary culture and in historical perspectives, e) the Church, f) sacramentality/mediation/communion, g) ethical and spiritual dimensions of Christian existence. Required reading is one textbook (McBrien's CATHOLICISM). Grade is based on class attendance and participation, two written midterm examinations, and a written final exam. (Stevenson)

361. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Prophets. (4). (HU).

An examination of the social, historical, and religious issues that arise when interpreting the prophetic literature of the Old TESTAMENT/Hebrew Bible. The course, which is based on readings in English translation of the Hebrew text, begins with an examination of prophecy in the Ancient Near East. The course explores the rise of prophecy in Israel and considers the prophetic response to the crisis posed by the imperial expansionist policies of the Assyrians and Babylonians, focusing, in particular, on the effects of the exile of the Israelites into Babylon and this great tragedy on the prophetic tradition. The course concludes with the transformation of the prophecy during the period of the Second Temple. 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. This course is part of a sequence of three courses on the Hebrew Bible, but the others are not requisite to this course. (Herion)

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.

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

See Anthro. 448. (Watanabe)

481/GNE 481/Eng. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences I. (3). (HU).

See English 401. (Williams)

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.


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