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. (Lopez)

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. Two lectures a week will define the problems to be studied and provide 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. [Cost:4] [WL:4] (Tentler)

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

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. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Miles)

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

See Buddhist Studies 325. (Foulk)

355/Women's Studies 355. Women and Religion in the U.S. Women's Studies 240. (3). (Excl).

See Women's Studies 355. (Peacock)

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

This course will focus upon those books of the Old Testament that present the history of ancient Israel (Genesis through Ezra-Nehemiah). While one aim of the course is to explore these books as exemplars of Hebrew "history-writing" i.e., the factors that shaped and influenced how the biblical writers remembered and re-told the stories of their past. Thus, an important goal of the course is to acquaint students to issues more broadly associated with "historiography," as well as to particularly Hebrew "confessional" schemes that underlie these books and give them a "religious" quality. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Herion)

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, 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. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (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. [Cost:1]

440/GNE 444. The Early Jesus Movement: New Religion or Migration Within Judaism? (1). (Excl).Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course is being taught by Dieter Georgi from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and is part of our Visiting Professor of Religious Thought series. The focus will be on the leading issues generated by the Jesus movement in first century Judaism. The intention is to show that this movement not only caused a crisis in contemporary Judaism but continues to pose serious questions for members of a religious communion today. Contrasted will be other groups, e.g., Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes and Gnostic groups. Among the different options in first-century Judaism, the Jesus-movement emerged as Christianity and needs to be compared and contrasted with other groups that developed from the same soil, some remaining within Judaism and others that departed from the fold. The focus will be on a multi-cultural approach. [Cost:2] (Georgi)

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

See Cultural Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society. (3). (Excl).

What do Bishop Tutu, Jerry Falwell, Mahatma Gandhi and Muktenanda share in common? And how can we understand the remarkable differences that mark their approach to religion and the sacred? This course uses sociological methods to explore the interplay of sacred and secular in modern society: What is religion and religious? How is the sense of the sacred affected by the social? In what ways religion, in turn affect other areas of social life? Student evaluations will be based primarily upon 3 or 4 short written assignments and a take-home final examination. Class participation in a group project will also be assessed. Required readings will include the writings of sociologists, such as Berger and Bellah, and of practicing religionists, such as Falwell and Tutu. The class will use a variety of learning formats including lectures, discussions, films, group presentations, and optional field observation. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (McGinn)

481/GNE 481/English 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 the instructor. This course is also approved for graduate students. [Cost:1]

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.) [Cost:1]

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