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)

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

See GNE 204.

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

315/GNE 315. Classics in the Study of Religion. Rel. 201 or 202, or another religion course. (3). (Excl).

The focus of this seminar will be the emergence of western interest in the subject of "religion," particularly in "religions" other than that of the modern west. We will read selectively from what are often considered to be the "classics" of the modern study of religion, including works by James Frazer, Max Muller, Durkheim, Levi-Strauss, Mauss, Bataille, and Freud. While organizing principle objectives here are: (1) to examine the emergence of this western intellectual interest in the context of a global cultural history, namely, as an aspect of the history of western contact with the non-west through colonialism, the construction of "the other" through this institution and its attendant gender economy; (2) to consider the ways in which the study of religion may contribute to contemporary critical theory. The course will generally follow a seminar format and will include some lecture. Course requirements are: active participation in class discussion, a midterm examination, occasional oral reports, and short writing assignments culminating in a final paper. Cost:3 WL:2 (Masuzawa)

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 the 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:1 (Herion)

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

See Psychology 370. (Mann)

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 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 380, 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, the instructor and the Religion Program. For Religion Concentrators only. Cost:1

404/ABS 496/Anthro. 450. Comparative Religion: Logos and Liturgy. Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated with permission for a total of 6 credits.

This course will be concerned with the non-discursive aspects of religious practice, those that are sometimes referred to as "numinous," "ineffable," or, in some instances, "mystical." Methods for their generation will be discussed and the nature of their meaningfulness will be emphasized. Discussions will be set in the context of a range of religious traditions which will be represented by speakers from several disciplines. The requirements will be fulfilled by a final take-home essay examination. (Rappaport, Gomez)

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 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

This course is designed to accommodate students who may be able to take listed offerings or have special reasons for undertaking directed readings. Course content and requirements are worked out individually between the student, the instructor and the Program on Studies in Religion. This course is for Religion concentrators only and is 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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