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Course Schedule for RELIGION - Fall 2014
Class
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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3291 RELG-105-01 Hebrew Bible: Origins 1.00 LEC Sanders,Seth L. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 106 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for first-year students.
  This course introduces the heart of the Bible: the foundational document of Judaism and probably the most influential literature ever written: the Torah, or Five Books of Moses. It tells how God created the world, how he chose Abraham and Moses to receive his covenant, and how he redeemed Israel from slavery in Egypt. But it tells most of those things twice: it is not only the most famous book from the ancient world but also the least coherent, and we will explore what its strange style says about ancient Israel's culture and literature. We will connect this with the historical origins of Israel and the tales of the conquest in Joshua and Judges.
2076 RELG-109-01 Jewish Tradition 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM SH - N217 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 80
  NOTE: 20 spaces are being reserved for the incoming first-year students.
  A thematic introduction to the major concepts, ritual cycles, holidays, and beliefs of Judaism. Readings and course material will be taken from classic Jewish texts as well as modern secondary sources. (May be counted toward International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies.)
3228 RELG-110-01 Introduction to Christianity 1.00 LEC Jones Farmer,Tamsin MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM MECC - 220 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  NOTE: 8 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  This course offers a survey of Christian thought from its origins to the present. Through the reading of a wide range of primary texts – encompassing different historical periods, literary genres, polemical concerns and religious sensibilities – the course demonstrates the rich diversity within Christianity. The course seeks to cultivate broad historical familiarity with the basic questions and debates in, as well as the central authors of, Christian thought. We will track the changing configurations of three sets of relationships that resurface variously throughout Christian history: the relationship between 1) faith and reason, 2) church and state, and 3) understandings of the identity and work of Jesus Christ and theories of redemption or salvation.
2888 RELG-150-01 Sanskrit Tutorial 1.00 LEC Findly,Ellison Banks M: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 309A GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  An introduction to the grammar, vocabulary, and translation of classical Sanskrit. Subsequent semesters can be taken as independent studies. First-year studies focus on epic materials, second-year on the Bhagavad Gita. (May be counted toward Asian Studies.)
2546 RELG-151-01 Religions of Asia 1.00 LEC Findly,Ellison Banks MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM SH - N217 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 50
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for first-year students.
  An introduction to the major religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, with special emphasis on how each of these modes of thought gives rise to a special vision of man in the universe, a complex of myth and practice, and a pattern of ethical behavior. (May be counted toward international studies/Asian studies.)
3229 RELG-181-01 The Religion of Islam 1.00 LEC Koertner,Mareike MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM 70VS - SEM GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for first year students
  This survey course explores the diversity of Muslim experiential and intellectual approaches to the key sacred sources of the religion, the Qur'an, and the figure of the Prophet. The course addresses pre-Islamic Arabia and the rise of Islam; Muhammad and the Qur'an; prophetic traditions and jurisprudence; theology and mysticism; art and poetry; basic beliefs and practices of the Muslim community; responses to colonialism and modernity; and Islam in the United States.
3230 RELG-209-01 Relig in Contem Middle East 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM SH - N217 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  The impact of religion in contemporary Middle Eastern culture will be examined through the study of Middle Eastern monotheisms: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. The course will focus on specific national settings where religion has played a decisive role: Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, and Israel. Internal divisions and tensions will be explored, as well as interreligious conflicts. (May be counted toward and International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.)
2887 RELG-253-01 Indian and Islamic Painting 1.00 LEC Findly,Ellison Banks MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM SH - N215 GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  A survey of the history of miniature painting from the Persian, Mughal, and Rajput schools, with emphasis on their religious and cultural backgrounds. (May be counted toward art history, international studies/Asian studies, international studies/comparative development studies, and international studies/Middle Eastern studies.)
3231 RELG-267-01 Religion and the Media 1.00 LEC Silk,Mark R. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM SH - S204 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Western religion, and Christianity in particular, has always put a premium on employing the available techniques of mass communication to get its message out. But today, many religious people see the omnipresent “secular” media as hostile to their faith. This course will look at the relationship between religion and the communications media, focusing primarily on how the American news media have dealt with religion since the creation of the penny press in the 1830s. Attention will also be given to the ways that American religious institutions have used mass media to present themselves, from the circulation of Bibles and tracts in the 19th century through religious broadcasting beginning in the 20th century to the use of the Internet today. (May be counted toward American studies and public policy studies.)
3305 RELG-275-01 Existentialism and Religion 1.00 LEC Jones Farmer,Tamsin MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM MECC - 220  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course engages some of the most basic questions of human existence, as understood by a wide variety of philosophers, artists, poets, and theologians in the 19th and 20th centuries. What does it mean to be human? How do we lead authentic lives? We examine the many ways in which existentialism can be understood as a critical engagement with basic philosophical, theological and social assumptions in regnant Western thought: rationalism, religion and moral positivism. We look at some of the major themes of existentialism (contingency, ambiguity, death and finitude, absurdity and authenticity) and how they constitute what it is to exist as a person. Finally, we examine different examples of religious existentialism.
3232 RELG-280-01 Approaching the Qur'an 1.00 LEC Cancelled GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the perfect Word of God, has played a central role in the life of the Muslim community since its appearance in the seventh century. This course will explore the sacred text of Islam through its foundational concepts and terminologies, history of the text and thematic development, literary style, connection to Jewish and Christian sacred texts, history and methods of interpretation, and role in Muslim ritual life. We will also explore manifestations of the Qur'an in the literature, visual arts, and music of the Muslim world.
2233 RELG-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Advanced work on an approved project under the guidance of a faculty member. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2234 RELG-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  A teaching assistant works with a faculty member in the preparation and teaching of a course and receives academic credit for his or her work. See the Student Handbook for the specific guidelines. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2235 RELG-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment in this single-semester thesis.
2359 RELG-498-01 Senior Thesis Part 1 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. (two course credits are considered pending in the first semester; two course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2530 RELG-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this yearlong thesis. (two course credits are considered pending in the first semester;two course credits will be awarded for completion in the second semester.)
2021 GDST-121-01 Biblical Tradition 1.00 LEC Sanders,Seth L. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM MECC - 260 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Only students in the Guided Studies Program are allowed to enroll in this course.
  NOTE: Course is only open to students who have been accepted into the Guided Studies Program.
  The Biblical world up to the beginnings of Christianity. The emergence of Israel and its life as a nation, the prophetic critique, Israel’s Exile and Reconstruction, the emergence of its scripture, and its foundation for Judaism and Christianity in the West.
3262 HIST-221-01 Science,Religion&Nature 1.00 LEC Cocco,Sean TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MECC - 270 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 10 seats are reserved for First-Year students.
  The astronomer Galileo Galilei’s trial before the Roman Inquisition nearly four centuries ago endures as a symbol of the clash between science and religion. Undoubtedly, the rise of early modern science in 17th-century Europe provoked its share of battles, but was this the whole story? This course will lead students to consider the origin and extent of the apparently irreconcilable differences between world views. How wide was the rift between science and religion, especially before the Enlightenment? Students will be encouraged to explore this complex relationship in historical context, by weighing the coexistence of scientific curiosity and intense faith, and also by considering the religious response to the expanding horizons of knowledge. The course will highlight investigations of the heavens and the earth, thus seeking instructive comparisons between disciplines such as astronomy, botany, and geology. A number of broad themes will be the focus. These include the understanding of God and nature, authority (classical and scriptural) versus observation, the wide range of knowledge-making practices, the place of magic, and finally the influence of power and patronage. The class seeks to present a rich and exciting picture, looking forward as well to the influence of rational thinking and scientific inquiry on the making of modernity.