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Courses in Religious Studies (RST)

Lower Division

1. Survey of Religion (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Basic concepts introduced through readings of the primary religious literature. Discussion of central ideas (creation, history, law, prophecy, suffering, mysticism, asceticism, karma, reincarnation, moksha, etc.); readings from the Bible, Bhagavad Gita, the Koran, selections from Plato and early Buddhist writings. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | ACGH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WE. 

1A. Pilgrimage (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the theme of pilgrimage in different religious traditions. Not open to students who have taken course 3A. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

1B. Death and Afterlife (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the theme of death and the afterlife in different religious traditions. Not open to students who have taken course 3B. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. 

1C. Sacrifice (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the theme of sacrifice in different religious traditions. Not available to those who have taken course 3C. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.Coudert

1D. Conversion (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the theme of conversion in different religious traditions. Not available to those who have taken course 3D. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

1E. Fundamentalism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the idea of fundamentalism in different religious traditions. Not available to those who have taken course 3E. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, OL, VL, WE.Miller, Watenpaugh

1F. Religion Today (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on different religious traditions in the contemporary world. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, DD, WC, WE.Miller

1G. Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Myths, rituals and religious symbols found in a variety of religious traditions including examples from ancient and contemporary religious life. Variety of religious phenomena; validity of different approaches to the study of religion. Not open to students who have taken and received unit credit for course 2. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.—F, W. (F, W.) Janowitz

1H. Sex, Marriage, and Divorce in Medieval and Modern Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Methods used in the study of religion, focusing on a particular theme in a number of religious traditions. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, OL, WC, WE.—Syed

1J. Music, Voice, and the Word (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Exploration of relation between religion and musical traditions in various cultures. Investigation of ways music, vocal performance and sound production reflect and shape modern religious sensibilities. Special attention to gender, ethnicity, race, class, nationalism, secularism and mass media. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC.—Venkatesan

10. Contemporary Ethical Issues (2)

Lecture—2 hours. Presents challenging, contemporary ethical issues from a multicultural perspective. Rotating topics will include Ethical Eating, Capital Punishment, Euthanasia, Poverty, and Animal Rights. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WE.Coudert, Janowitz, O'Keefe

10A. Contemporary Ethical Issues (2)

Discussion—1 hour; extensive writing. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in course 10 required; GE topical breadth and diversity credit only with concurrent enrollment in course 10. Restricted to students enrolled in course 10. Discussion of the readings assigned for course 10 and completion of a major research paper. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WE.Coudert, Janowitz, O'Keefe

11. Ethical Eating (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the complex and varied ethical, religious, and cultural meanings that food has had across the centuries and globe. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.—Coudert

12. The Emergence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. History of religion in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, from the Persian period through the rise of Islam. Emphasis on historical and social contexts of the formation of new traditions, in particular Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, WC, WE.

15Y. Reading War/Fighting War (4)

Lecture—2 hours; web electronic discussion—1 hour; extensive writing. Introduction to both classic religious texts about war and a set of actual scenarios drawn from the experience and training of soldiers in recent military conflicts. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | ACDH, AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE.Janowitz

21. Hebrew Scriptures (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion. Selected texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis II Chronicles) and review of modern scholarship on the texts from a variety of perspectives (historical, literary, sociological, psychological). Course work is based on an English translation and no knowledge of Hebrew is required. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE. 

23. Introduction to Judaism (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to the study of religion using examples from the rituals, art and holy texts of Judaism. No prior knowledge of either Judaism or the study of religion is necessary. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | ACGH, AH, DD, WC, WE. 

30. Religions of South Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to South Asian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism. Traces historical developments from Vedic texts and their ascetic reformulation by sages such as Yajnavalkya, Siddhartha Gautama, and Mahavira into our global present. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Elmore, Venkatesan

40. New Testament (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. New Testament literature from critical, historical, and theological perspectives. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

42. Religion and Science Fiction (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Representations of actual and fictional religious movements in science fiction and fantasy writing and film. Examination of: the characteristics of religion and religiosity in fictional religious movements; the relationship between religion, science, and technology in modern speculative fiction. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WE.

45. Christianity (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion. Major concepts and practices in the Christian tradition. Survey of the history of Christianity and Christian expansion from antiquity to modern times. Course pays particular attention to Christianity in China, India, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WC, WE. 

60. Introduction to Islam (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Introduction to topics central to the Islamic tradition. Muhammad, the Qur'an, Islamic law, theology, philosophy, cosmology, worship, and mysticism. Race and gender in Islam, Islamic revival, and varying experiences of Islam in different historical and cultural settings. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.—Syed

65C. The Qur'an and Its Interpretation (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. The Qur'an, its history, its various functions in the lives of Muslims, and its different interpretations. Quranic themes such as God and humankind, nature and revelation, eschatology and Satan. Islam and other religions; women, gender, and sexuality. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.Syed

67. Modern Hinduism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Historical survey of modern Hinduism from the early nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Rammohun Roy, Sir William Jones, and Mahatma Gandhi, nationalism, post-colonialism and diasporic religion. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, VL, WC, WE.Elmore, Venkatesan

68. Hinduism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; writing. Hindu tradition from ancient to modern times. Multiplicity of religious forms within Hinduism with mention of Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism and their relation to the mainstream of Hindu religion. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.Elmore, Venkatesan

69. Introduction to Hindu Mythology (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Survey of the major narrative traditions within Hinduism, including epic literature and local stories in oral, textual, visual and performative forms. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Venkatesan

70. Religion and Language (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Basic toolkit for studying religious discourse in a variety of traditions. Concentration on the sacred and profane, the wondrous and ordinary, and the mystical and reasonable. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Miller, O'Keefe

75. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction to Chinese philosophy from classical pre-modern times; emphasis on basic concepts and their impact on social conduct; the Age of Philosophers, the Han synthesis, the medieval Buddhist contribution.

80. Religion, Gender, Sexuality (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Constructions of gender and sexuality within one or more religious traditions, pre-modern and modern. Emphasis on the interaction between religious, medical, and ethical definitions of the human body and sexual behavior. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WE.Coudert

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor; primarily for lower division students. (P/NP grading only.)— F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

99. Special Study for Lower Division Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Upper Division

100. Study of Religion: Issues and Methods (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Principal issues and methods of Religious Studies and associated fields. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, WC, WE.—Janowitz

102. Christian Origins (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Development of Christianity from the end of the first century through the major controversies of the fifth century. Emphasis on the relationship between the new religious movement and the Roman Empire, and issues of early Christian identity and diversity. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

103. Medieval and Byzantine Christianity (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Christianity in Europe and the Near East from the year 600 to 1450. Focus on the development of Catholic and Orthodox traditions in ritual, art, and thought, with attention to interactions between regional groups, and Christian interaction with Islam. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt |AH, WC, WE.

104. Christianity 1450-1700 (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. History of Reformation conflicts over the authority of scripture, the nature of man and the universe, and the basis of morality with the goal of understanding how these conflicts laid the foundation for the modern world. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—Coudert

105. Christianity and Modernity, 1700-1920 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Reaction of Christian critics and apologists to the profound cultural and scientific transformations resulting from the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the advent of the modern critical study of religion. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.Coudert

106. Christianity in the Contemporary World (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Christianity in the 20th and 21st centuries. Relationship of Christianity to globalization, industrialization, mass media, and the contemporary secular state. Focus on Christianity in America and developing nations, and on the relationship of established Christian institutions to new Christian movements. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | ACGH, AH, WC, WE.—Coudert, O'Keefe

110. Life, Meaning and Identity (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Study of religious lives, the quest for meaning and for personal identity; how religions frame the problems of life; how cultural and personal crises affect youthful identity; the nature and structure of dreams, myths, and ideals. GE credit: AH, WE.—Elmore, Janowitz

111. Persuasion and Conviction in Religious Tradition (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Selected topics in religious argument. Familiarizes students with the discourse structures of religious persuasion and enables them to perform analysis of such texts. Covers argument styles and structures used in ethics, theology, and preaching. GE credit: ArtHum | ACGH, AH, OL, WC, WE.Miller, O'Keefe, Syed

115. Mysticism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: one lower division Religious Studies course. Historical and descriptive analysis of selected key figures in mystical traditions and readings of representative mystical texts. Analytic term paper. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. 

120. Religion, Magic and Science (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Religion, magic, and science from the middle ages to the present. Contrast between modern scientific methodology and religious and magical thinking. (Same course as Science and Technology Studies 120.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, VL, WC, WE.Coudert

122. Studies in Biblical Texts (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 21. Study of a book from the Prophets or writings from critical, historical, and religious perspectives. May be repeated one time for credit in different subject area. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WE.—Janowitz

124. Topics in Judaism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 21, 23. Examination of selected aspects of Jewish life, religion, or literature. Potential topics include: Jewish Perspectives on Jesus; The Golem: History and Legend; Sexuality and Gender in Late Antique Judaism and Early Christianity. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.—Janowitz

125. Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha, and Pseudepigrapha (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 21 or consent of instructor. Survey of the Dead Sea Scrolls, apocryphal and pseudepigraphical writings of Judaism and Christianity and their historical, social, and religious importance. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Janowitz

126. The Formation of the Rabbinic Tradition (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: courses 21, 23, 40 or 125. Survey of the classical rabbinic Jewish texts such as the Talmud and of the social and historical contexts of their production in Palestine and Babylonia. GE credit: Wrt | WC. 

130. Topics in Religious Studies (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: one from course 1, 2, 3A, 3B, or 3C or consent of instructor. Thematic study of a phenomenon in more than one religious tradition or of the relationship between religion and another cultural phenomenon. Topics may include archeology and the Bible, women and religion, religion and violence. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. GE credit: WC, WE.

131. Genocide (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Comparative and critical study of the modern phenomenon of genocide from religious, ethical and historical perspectives. (Same course as Human Rights 131.) GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, VL, WC, WE.—W. (W.) Watenpaugh

132. Topics in Mediterranean Ancient Religion (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 21, 40 or consent of instructor. Thematic study of specific sociological, literary or theological theme across the religious traditions of the ancient Mediterranean/Near East: Greek and Roman religions, Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, etc. Topics may include creation, sacrifice, priesthoods, prophecies, holy books, the afterlife. May be repeated two times for credit when topic differs. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE.

134. Human Rights (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the origins, evolution, denial and protection of Human Rights. No credit for students who have completed Religious Studies 90. (Same course as Human Rights 134.) GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.—F. (F.) Watenpaugh

135. The Bible and Film (4)

Lecture—2 hours; term paper; film-viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: Humanities 10 recommended. Examination of the uses of the Judeo-Christian scriptures in film. Topics include dramatic depictions of biblical stories, the tension between science and religion, allegorical treatments of biblical themes, and the problems of religious conviction.

138. Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Gender and sexuality in the context of human rights. Topics include women's participation in the public sphere, the right to change gender, the right for family privacy, and the right to marriage. (Same course as Human Rights 138.) GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE.—F, W, S, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) O'Keefe

140. Christian Theology (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Historical and systematic introduction to Christian doctrine, with attention to divergent traditions and the problem of orthodoxy and heresy. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE. 

141A. New Testament Literature: Synoptic Gospels (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Life and thought of the early Church as reflected by the Synoptic Tradition—Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts. Offered every third year to alternate with 141B, 141C. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

141B. New Testament Literature: John (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Life and thought of the early Church as reflected by the Johannine Tradition; the Gospel and letters of John. Offered every third year to alternate with courses 141A and 141C. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE. 

141C. New Testament Literature: Paul (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Life and thought of the early Church as reflected by the Pauline tradition—the letters of Paul. Offered every third year to alternate with 141A, 141B. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

143. New Testament Apocrypha (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Extra-canonical Christian writings and their reception, from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on the importance of New Testament figures both as literary characters and as authors within different Christian traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

144. History of the Bible (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 21 or 40. History of the formation of the Christian biblical canon, with emphasis on differences between Christian traditions; survey of translations and adaptations of biblical narrative in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as in contemporary culture. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

145. Contemporary American Religion (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 40 and History 17B recommended. Examination of several major movements and phenomena in twentieth-century American religion. GE credit: ArtHum | ACGH, AH, DD, WE. 

150. Religious Ethics (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper or discussion. Prerequisite: course 10 recommended. Study of the religious bases of ethics through examination of ethical problems that arise in different religious cultures around the world and in nations where multiple religious cultures face similar issues. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—O'Keefe, Syed

154. The Hindu Temple (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Comparative history of architecture and symbolism of the Hindu Temple in India, Southeast Asia and the United States. Attention to the temple as expression of religious knowledge, political authority, and cultural heritage through the lens of colonialism and postcolonialism. (Same course as Art History 154.) GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, VL, WC, WE.Venkatesan

156. Religion and the Performing Arts in India (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 30, 68, or consent of the instructor. Survey of religion and performing arts in India. Emphasis on the influence of colonialism, nationalism, and regionalism on the history of Indian performing arts. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.Venkatesan

157. Hindu Women and Goddesses (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 10 recommended. Hindu goddesses and the religious lives of Hindu women in India and the diaspora. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Venkatesan

158. The Ramayana (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Exploration of the Indian epic, Ramayana, through the lens of literature, performance, and visual art. Emphasis on the text's diversity and its contemporary global relevance. Topics include Ramayanas in Southeast Asia, and in various South Asian diaspora communities. (Same course as Comparative Literature 156.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.Venkatesan

160. Introduction to Islamic Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 60 recommended. The development of Islamic thought from the first centuries of Islam to the eighteenth century. Theology, philosophy, ethics, Sufism, historiography, political theory, fundamentalism, al-Farabi, al-Ghazzali, Ibn Rushd, Tusi, Ibn al-Arabi, Rumi, Molla Sadra, Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt |  AH, WC, WE.Syed

161. Modern Islam (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. The response of Islam to modernity: secularism, reformism, fundamentalism. Islam and imperialism, women, media and immigration. Islamic modernism, political Islam, Islam in Europe and America. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Miller, Watenpaugh

161B. Modern Islam: Authority and Tradition In Process (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Survey of Islamic thought, social organization, politics from eighteenth century through present. Focus on changing notations of moral authority and tradition. Concentration on Middle East and South Asia with sustained treatment of North American engagements with the Islamic world. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, OL, WC, WE.Miller

162. Introduction to Islamic Law (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 60 recommended. The development of Islamic law in the formative centuries of Islam, ca. 600-1000, as well as its adaptation to changing economic, social, and political conditions in subsequent periods. Legal schools, legal theory, the Shari'a, reformist movements, human rights. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div. Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Syed

163. The Social Life of Islam (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 60 or History 6 recommended. Introduction to culture and social life in Muslim societies. Focus on the plurality of traditions in Muslim faith, reason, and everyday practice. Special attention to Muslim rituals, ethical values, verbal genres, family life, sexuality and veiling, and youth culture. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH or SS, OL, WC, WE.Miller

165. Islam in Asia (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Islam as a lived religion in the Indian sub- continent, Central Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. Emphasis is on primary sources studied comparatively and historically. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt. 

166. Religion and Media in Arab World (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Exploration of the role and experi­ence of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in politi­cal activism and identity formation. (Same course as Middle East/South Asian Studies 131C.) GE credit: SocSci | OL, SS, VL, WC, WE.—Miller

167. Iraq (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Origins, causes and ethical challenges of conditions in Iraq; larger historical, cultural and ethical dimensions of mass violence, war, liberation, neocolonialism, terrorism and resistance.Watenpaugh

170. Buddhism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Buddhism in its pan-Asian manifestations, from its beginning in India to its development in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, China and Japan; teachings and practices, socio-political and cultural impact. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WC.Elmore

172. Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Doctrines and methods of the Ch'an Buddhism, both ancient and modern. Review of ritual techniques, including meditation. 

175A. Chinese Intellectual Traditions: Daoist Traditions (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: a course in Chinese history recommended. English-language survey of key Daoist texts and scholarship. Topics include Daoist concepts of the cosmos, the natural world, scripture, the body, and immortality; Daoist divinities; Daoism and the state. (Same course as Chinese 100A) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC.Halperin

189. Senior Colloquium (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Primarily for seniors in Religious Studies. Discussion in depth of a problem in religion which requires the methods of several disciplines and is important in the encounter between religions. 

190. Seminar (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; required of all Religious Studies majors. Allows majors to integrate their disciplined study of the field. Emphasis on current scholarly debate about the methods for analyzing and comparing diverse religious traditions. 

194HA. Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)

Independent study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member approved by the Program Director, leading to a senior honors thesis on a religious studies topic. (P/NP grading only.)

194HB. Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)

Independent study. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member approved by the Program Director, leading to a senior honors thesis on a religious studies topic. (P/NP grading only.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: upper division standing and consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)

Graduate

201. Methods and Issues in Religious Studies (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Focuses on controversies in the study of comparative religion. How is religion best defined? Are there methods unique to the study of religion? What does the study of religion contribute to the study of society in general? May be repeated two times for credit when topic differs.—Coudert, Sanders

205. Religion and Media (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Many communities are finding global media technologies useful for religious practice. This course examines how religious revitalization is historically situated. A phenomenological approach will enable students to situate media and religion within the social and material world of practitioners.Miller

210. Religion and Postcoloniality, or Savages, Civilization, and Spirituality (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course examines relations between religion and colonialisms. Using specific historical situations it explores some of our thorniest theoretical problems. Students acquire a solid understanding of postcolonial theory and the historical tools to critically engage religion in the present.Elmore

212. Religion and Violence (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Comparative and critical study of the ideological, cultural, and theological relationship between forms of violence and religion and religious practice.Watenpaugh

215. Topics in the History of Christianity (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Selected topics in the history of Christianity. Intended for graduate students seeking to do advanced work in the study of Christianity. May cover issues in Christian thought from antiquity, the middle ages, the early modern or modern period. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.—Coudert

299. Directed Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

Professional

396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

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