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Course Schedule for RELIGION - Spring 2015
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Dist Qtr
2113 RELG-106-01 Hebrew Bible: Kings &Prophets 1.00 LEC Sanders,Seth L. TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 49
  This course introduces the literature of the Bible: stories of the rise and fall of kings like David, legends of miracle-working prophets, the love poetry of Solomon and the intimate prayer of the Psalms. We will examine how this literature arose in ancient Israel and how it was reinterpreted and given new life after the Babylonian conquest, laying the foundations for Judaism and Christianity. It stands on its own as an introduction to biblical literature, or taken after RELG 105 forms a complete year-long sequence in the Hebrew Bible.
2028 RELG-184-01 Myth Rite & Sacrament 1.00 LEC Desmangles,Leslie G. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  A phenomenological approach to the study of religion through an examination of the nature of religious consciousness and its outward modes of expression. Special emphasis is placed on the varieties of religious experience and their relations to myths, rites, and sacraments. Enrollment limited. (May be counted toward international studies/African studies and international studies/comparative development studies.)
2029 RELG-214-01 Jews in America 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  A social and religious history of American Judaism from pre-revolutionary to contemporary times. After examining the era of immigration and “Americanization,” the course will focus on the ethnic, religious, and social structures of American Judaism: the community center, the synagogue, and the federation. (May be counted toward American studies and Jewish studies.)
2122 RELG-223-01 Maj Relgious Thinkers of West 1.00 LEC Jones Farmer,Tamsin TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course is only open to Religion majors or Guided Studies students.
  A study of the shared (and contested) sites of ancient and medieval Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thought. The course will focus on various topics including the construction of religious identity through the identification of the “other” as well as debates over proper interpretation of scripture, the name and the nature of God, and the relationship between reason and revelation. Readings include the Babylonian Talmud, Philo, Origen, Augustine, Maimonides, Avicenna, Averroes, Aquinas, and Luther.
2030 RELG-229-01 Short Story in Hebrew Bible 1.00 LEC Sanders,Seth L. TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  A close reading of several “short stories” in the Hebrew Bible with attention given to literary artistry and theological insight. Along with gaining understanding for the rich texture and subtlety of the texts, students will be expected to master the data of the stories (who, what, where, when etc.). Questions of political, cultural, and compositional history will also be treated. Among the stories we shall consider are the Joseph “Novella,” David’s Fall, Esther, Ruth, Jonah, Judith.
2099 RELG-231-01 Christianity in the Making 1.00 LEC Jones Farmer,Tamsin TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  This course will examine the philosophical, cultural, religious and political contexts out of which Christianity emerged from the time of Jesus through the 5th century. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity and diversity of early Christian movements, as well as the process that occurred to establish Christianity as a religion that would dominate the Roman Empire. Topics to be covered will include the writings of the New Testament, Gnostics, martyrdom, desert monasticism and asceticism, the construction of orthodoxy and heresy, women in the early Church, the formation of the biblical canon, and the identity and role of Jesus of Nazareth.
1211 RELG-262-01 Religion in America 1.00 LEC Kirkpatrick,Frank TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  The historical role of religion in shaping American life and thought, with special attention to the influence of religious ideologies on social values and social reform. (May be counted toward American Studies.)
2041 RELG-284-01 Sufism:Mystical Trad of Islam 1.00 LEC Koertner,Mareike TBA TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  For over a thousand years, Sufism has been a dynamic expression of the inner quest for God-consciousness in Islam. Sufis have often expressed their devotion in literary form: from poetry and ecstatic utterances to metaphysical theoretical prose works. This class explores the emergence of Sufism from the Qur'an and the life and words or the Prophet Muhammad, and traces its historical development from the formative period to the age of trans-national Sufi orders. The course will study key constructs of this tradition: the relationship between God and humankind, the stages of the spiritual path, contemplative disciplines, the idea of sainthood, ethical perfection, the psychology of love, the idea of the feminine, and Sufi aesthetics. It also considers the modern expression (and transformation) of Sufism in the United States.
2114 RELG-291-01 Religion & Humor: Islam 1.00 SEM Staff,Trinity TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This course will explore the tradition of humor in Islamic literature (Qur’an, Prophetic traditions, religious law, ethics, spirituality and works of pure entertainment), and norms of humor in ritual contexts. We will analyze humor as a virtue; as entertainment and play; as a means of approaching God; as a pedagogical technique; and as upending conventions through the figure of the trickster and holy fool. We will also consider the boundaries and power-relations of humor, first in the case of contemporary Muslim-American comedians, who view comedy as dissent, and then in the European discourse of the “humorless Muslim” that portrays Muslim immigrants as unfit to live in Western secular liberal democracies. The class is grounded in psychological, sociological, and philosophical studies on the relationship of religion and humor.
2115 RELG-310-01 Religious Language 1.00 LEC Sanders,Seth L. TBA TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course is an introduction to the poetics and ethnography of sacred words and, through them, the social dimension of language. It is a fundamental role of religion to break normal rules of language: prayers talk to gods who do not seem to be present, possessed people ventriloquize spirits, and rituals thrive on repetitive or incomprehensible speech. Sacred words raise questions fundamental to the study of language: how do we evaluate words: according to their source? their form? their speaker? God has traditionally spoken through people, but how have people known it is actually God speaking, and what has this meant to them? We will focus on the language of religious experience in Biblical and Jewish traditions, with detours through reggae music, horror movies, and The Passion of the Christ.
2032 RELG-338-01 Christian Social Ethics 1.00 SEM Kirkpatrick,Frank M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  An in-depth exploration of the historical teachings of, and contemporary controversies within, Christianity on selected moral issues in sexuality, economics, business, medicine, ecology, race, war and pacifism, and foreign policy. Special attention will be given to problems in contemporary American society.
2042 RELG-386-01 Islam in America 1.00 LEC Staff,Trinity TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 20
  This course explores Muslim social and spiritual expression in the United States. We'll look at the teachings of representative groups and their founders, asking how each group presents Islam and why, how they discourse on Muslims in America, how they discourse on America, and how they position themselves as Americans. Topics include religious movements among African-American and immigrant groups, educational, cultural and youth initiatives, Sufism and new-age movements, civil rights groups, progressive Muslims, women's and feminist movements, and Islam in the media. The course requires that students participate in a community learning project to gain first-hand experience with the diverse Muslim community in Hartford.
1296 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.
1297 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.
1298 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.
1299 RELG-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 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.)
1070 GDST-242-01 Hist Pat Eur Dev I 1.00 LEC Elukin,Jonathan TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Only students in the Guided Studies Program are allowed to enroll in this course.
  A critical introduction to selected themes in the political, social and religious history of Europe during the Middle Ages. Issues to be discussed include: the nature of “feudal” society, the formation of the medieval state, with particular emphasis on the growth of law, the nature of kingship, and warfare. The course will also study conversion to Christianity, the evolution of Christian beliefs and practices, the history of the Papacy, European Christian contacts with the “Other,” including Jews, Muslims, heretics, and Byzantine Christians, the evolution of the medieval economy (rural life, trade, and towns), and the transition from a “medieval” to an “early modern” society. The course will be taught largely from primary source materials with supplementary readings in secondary scholarship.
2062 HIST-206-01 Bible and History of the Book 1.00 SEM Elukin,Jonathan TBA TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The Bible is arguably the most important book ever composed. In order to understand the evolution of the Bible, it is important to study the Bible in the larger context of the history of the book as a technological instrument. To that end, this seminar will explore the creation of the Bible and its development through formats of scroll, manuscript codex , printed book, and now digital representations. We will try to understand how the physical incarnations of the Bible shaped the ways people perceived, read, and treated Scripture (and the Torah and Koran). How could a physical object be thought to contain divine revelation? Ideally, the course will use the “biography” of the Bible to explore the larger questions of the history of the book.
1587 JWST-220-01 Mod Israeli Lit & Jew Heritage 1.00 LEC Ayalon,Michal MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Artists, and especially writers and poets, are the seismographs and mirrors of society, anticipating and reflecting its many forces and movements. During the past two hundred years Jewish life has been profoundly affected by such forces and movements as emancipation, the Enlightenment, assimilation, Zionism, and the Holocaust. A primary focus of modern Israeli writers is the birth of the State of Israel and its ongoing struggles, internally as well as with its Arab neighbors. One of the main ways Hebrew literature captures these significant changes is through the use of biblical themes, images and archetypes which resonate through the generations. This course will examine the ways in which modern Hebrew literature enriches and brings deeper understanding of collective Jewish experiences and detects and shapes the reality of modern Israel.