Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Religion (Division 457)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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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. 204/AAPTIS 262. Introduction to Islam.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sherman Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 262.001.

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Rel. 223/Asian Studies 223/S&SEA 223. Bhagavad-Gita: The Activist View of Hinduism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 223.001.

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Rel. 225/S&SEA 225/Asian Studies 225. Hinduism.

Section 001 Hinduism: History and Culture. Meets with Anthropology 298.002 and History 392.001

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 298.002.

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Rel. 230/Asian Studies 230/Buddhist Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Luis Gómez (lgomez@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/winter/lsa/buds/230/001.nsf

See Buddhist Studies 230.001.

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Rel. 296/HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

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

R&E Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 296.001.

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Rel. 310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Miles

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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Rel. 358/ACABS 321/Hist. 306. Israel Before the Exile (587 BCE): Its History & Religion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Brian Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 321.001.

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Rel. 359/ACABS 322/Hist. 307. History and Religion of Ancient Judaism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gabrielle Boccaccini (gbocca@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: May be elected independently of Religion 358. (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 322.001.

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Rel. 380. Selected Topics.

Section 001 Women In the Bible. Meets with Women's Studies 253.002

Instructor(s): Astrid Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

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.

See Women's Studies 253.002.

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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. 393/AAPTIS 393/ACABS 393. The Religion of Zoroaster.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gernot Windfuhr (windfuhr@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 393.001.

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Rel. 402. Topics in Religion.

Section 001 African American Religion Between Christianity and Islam. (3 credits). Meets with AAPTIS 491.002 and CAAS 458.004

Instructor(s): Sherman Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 491.002.

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Rel. 402. Topics in Religion.

Section 002 Jewish Christian Polemics In the First Four Centuries. (3 credits). Meets with Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 491.003.

Instructor(s): Moshe Herr

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 491.003.

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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/

See Psychology 418.001.

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Rel. 452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 448.001.

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Rel. 455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terrence Mcginn

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Ultimate reality (the focus of religion) becomes understood quite differently as people pursue religious quests within different social contexts. This course uses sociological methods of inquiry to explore the emergence of new religious movements, the ways that organizations respond to extraordinary experiences like mysticism and the ecstatic, the kinds of impact social forces have on organized religion, and the ways that religion, in turn, affects other areas of social life.

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Rel. 457/Class. Civ. 457. Witchcraft: An Introduction to the History and Literature of Witchcraft.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Derek Collins (dbcollin@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Classical Civilization 457.001.

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Rel. 471/HJCS 577/Judaic Studies 467. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

Section 001 Models of Jewish Renewal.

Instructor(s): Elliot Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 577.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 4

Rel. 480/Asian Studies 480/Buddhist Studies 480/Phil. 457. Topics in Buddhism.

Section 001 Buddhist History and Culture in Burma. Meets with Asian Studies 381.002

Instructor(s): Pranke

Prerequisites & Distribution: Religion 230. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Buddhist Studies 480.001.

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Rel. 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 401.001.

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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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