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Course Schedule for RELIGION - Spring 2017
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Dist Qtr
5058 RELG-109-01 Jewish Tradition 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM LSC - 134 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  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.)
5059 RELG-212-01 New Testament 1.00 LEC Hornung,Gabriel F. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 225 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  An examination of the New Testament in the context of the first century C.E. to study the formation and themes of these early Christian writings. The course will stress the analysis of texts and discussion of their possible interpretations. How did the earliest writings about Jesus present him? Who was Paul? Is it more accurate to call him the founder of Christianity instead of Jesus? How do we understand Gospels that are not in the New Testament? We will attend to these and other social, political, and historical issues for studying the New Testament and Early Christianity.
5060 RELG-229-01 Short Story in Hebrew Bible 1.00 LEC Hornung,Gabriel F. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM LSC - 131 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.
5128 RELG-243-01 Latin Amer & Caribbean Religio 1.00 SEM Landry,Timothy R. MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM 70VS - SEM GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  This course explores the ways in which global trends in religious practice have affected, inspired, and forever changed Latin American and Caribbean religion. Students will explore a variety of Latin American and Caribbean religions such as those of the Afro-Caribbean, so-called “folk Catholicism,” and the Amazon’s great Ayahuasca religions. In so doing, students will develop an appreciation for religious diversity and an understanding of the ways in which race, capitalism, colonialism, nationality, and emerging trends in global tourism continue to affect the ways Latin American and Caribbean peoples experience religion from across the region.
5062 RELG-258-01 Buddhist Texts:The Bodhisattva 1.00 SEM Findly,Ellison Banks TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM MC - 225 GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  An exploration of the Bodhisattva ideal as found in classical Asian texts, focusing on the recognition of enlightenment, the practice of perfections, and the dynamics of skillful means. Central to our discussion will be the use of compassion to realize wisdom, and we will pay special attention to Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Manjushri, and Jizo. We will use elect Indian, Tibetan, and Japanese texts.
5063 RELG-265-01 Religion and American Politics 1.00 LEC Silk,Mark R. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM CT - 105 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Since the earliest days of the American republic, religion has played a significant role in the country’s politics. This course will trace that role, beginning with the Constitution’s proscription of religious tests for office to the current “God Gap” between the Democratic and Republican parties. Subjects to be covered include ethno-religious voting patterns, social movements, American civil religion, and religion in wartime.
5064 RELG-282-01 Modern Islamic Movements 1.00 LEC Koertner,Mareike MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM MC - 305 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  This course examines the rise and ideological foundation of modern Islamic movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbollah, Hamas, al-Qa’ida, and ISIS. We will study the emergence of Islamic fundamentalism in its historical and political context as well as major intellectual figures of these movements, and take a close look at the notion of jihad in classical and modern legal contexts.
5066 RELG-308-01 Jewish Mysticism 1.00 LEC Kiener,Ronald TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM MC - 309 HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Religion 109.
  An examination of the secret speculative theologies of Judaism from late antiquity to the present. The course will touch upon the full range of Jewish mystical experience: visionaries, ascetics, ecstatics, theosophists, rationalists, messianists, populists, and pietists. Readings will include classical texts (such as the Zohar) and modern secondary studies.
5067 RELG-309-01 Material Religion 1.00 SEM Landry,Timothy R. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM 70VS - SEM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course explores the ways in which individuals from a variety of religious traditions experience religious belief, enact religious practice, and relate to the so-called “Divine” through material culture. Students will examine themes such as relics, clothing, bodies, blood, architecture, shrines, and charms. By reading ethnographic and theoretical texts, this course helps students to consider the role that material religion plays in enhancing or complicating prayer, ritual, and everyday religious piety.
5068 RELG-312-01 Jesus 1.00 SEM Hornung,Gabriel F. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 313  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course explores the central figure in Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth What are his major theological innovations? How did his religious messages diverge from the Judaism practiced at the time? Why did his followers understand him to be the founder of an entirely new religion? By examining the New Testament Gospels and some non-canonical literature from the period, we will study both the historical Jesus and the powerful religious movement he began.
5217 RELG-318-01 Islamophobia 1.00 LEC Koertner,Mareike M: 1:15PM-3:55PM LSC - 135  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This survey course explores the historical roots and contemporary forms of Western anxieties toward Muslims and Islam by critically engaging the following questions: What are the theological, historical, political, and cultural forces that have given rise to perceptions of Islam as inherently violent, intolerant, misogynist, and backwards? How does Islamophobia differ from legitimate disagreements with specific Islamic beliefs and practices? How has the fear of Islam translated into concrete acts of exclusion, discrimination, and psychological and physical harm? What do negative perceptions of Muslims and Islam reveal about Western assumptions concerning religion and the religious ‘Other’?
4303 RELG-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
4304 RELG-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
4305 RELG-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
4306 RELG-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.)
4459 JWST-220-01 Mod Israeli Lit & Jew Heritage 1.00 LEC Ayalon,Michal MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM MECC - 220 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.