Religious Studies

Fall Semester 2018

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Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.A1
Simon, DerekM W F10:30AM-11:20AM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.B1
Bain, AlexandraT TH01:00PM-02:20PM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.C1
George, MichaelT TH11:30AM-12:50PM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Intro to the Hebrew Bible
RELG.2313.A
Simon, DerekM W F01:30PM-02:20PM
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[III. Specialized Courses|1. Tools Courses] This course will provide an introduction to the study of the Hebrew Bible, commonly referred to by Christians as the Old Testament. A first chapter will provide an overview of the history of Israel from the early centuries of the second millennium B.C. to the end of the first century A.D. A second chapter will look at the various canonical collections of scriptural books accepted by the Samaritans, the Palestinian Jews, the Jews of the Diaspora and Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians.

Intro to Ritual Studies I
RELG.2413.A
Bain, AlexandraT TH10:00AM-11:20AM
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[III. Specialized Courses|1. Tools Courses]An inquiry into some of the issues in the study of rituals by means of a close investigation of selected religious rites and more secular examples of ritualizing. Examples might include Hindu pilgrimage, Christian liturgy in its many forms, Shinto festivals, rites of passage from childhood to adulthood (Bar Mitzvah in Judaism, sacred thread ceremony in Hinduism, the Isanaklesh Gotal of Apache girls), Taoist death rites, and contemporary behaviour at sporting events and music concerts.

Sp. Top: LGBTQ+ With/Out Relg
RELG.2683.A
Simon, DerekM W04:00PM-05:20PM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|1. Multi-Religious Courses] This course explores how queer sexual identities and religious identities dynamically and diversely intersect each other. Multi-religious in scope, this course examines how transgender as well as LGB people continue to question, resist, leave, identify with, or even struggle to reform religion(s) and adapt their spiritualities. This course takes into account historical and contemporary religious trends that align both with heterosexist negativity as well as affirmative support for queer sexual diversities.

Bioethics
RELG.3513.A
George, MichaelT TH04:00PM-05:20PM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|1. Multi-Religious Courses]This course explores the basic approaches and issues related to the field of bioethics. A specific emphasis on contemporary medical practice will provide the context for ethical reflection.

Religion & Socal Ethics
RELG.3573.A
George, MichaelT06:30PM-09:20PM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|1. Multi-Religious Courses]The study of the relationships which shape the nature of human interaction informed by or oriented towards values and specific goals. The role of religious beliefs and communities in analyzing and responding to economic, social, and political problems will be examined.

Winter Semester 2019

CourseInstrDaysTime
Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.A2
Simon, DerekM W F10:30AM-11:20AM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.B2
Bain, AlexandraT TH01:00PM-02:20PM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Intro to Religious Studies
RELG.1006.C2
George, MichaelT TH11:30AM-12:50PM
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[I. Introductory Course]A thematic, issues-oriented introduction to the study of religions. Some of the themes and issues explored may include social crisis and renewal, authority and power, sexual diversity, conflict and peace, evil and suffering, death and after death, food and music, among others. By means of these themes, students develop an active appreciation of diverse religious traditions and gain the tools to think critically about them.

Religion & Ecology
RELG.2133.A
Simon, DerekM W F12:30PM-01:20PM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|1. Multi-Religious Courses]Many religious traditions display a variety of stances towards the environmental crisis, ranging from indifference to reform. Through critical and comparative study, this course explores religious approaches to ecology in a variety of traditions. Topics may include environmental stewardship, deep ecology, ecoliberation, ecofeminism and ethnic indigenous ecology.

Psychology of Religion
RELG.2223.A
George, MichaelT TH04:00PM-05:20PM
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[III. Specialized Courses|3. Multidisciplinary Courses]The examination of religious experience drawing from the classic approaches to psychology such as William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Jung, and their contemporary interpreters.

Women and Religion
RELG.2233.A
Bain, AlexandraT TH11:30AM-12:50PM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|1. Multi-Religious Courses]The course aims to study how i) women in history and in modern times respond to socio-cultural restrictions and their attempts to create spiritual and social alternatives, ii) how notions of asceticism and sexuality are utilized as liberating and prescriptive modes. It will examine feminist critiques to classical, medieval, and current texts and thinkers. We will closely look at the assumptions that guide both classical texts and modern critiques.

Islam I
RELG.3073.A
Bain, AlexandraT TH10:00AM-11:20AM
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[II. Intermediate and Advanced Courses|2. Tradition-Specific Courses]This course will introduce students to the basic beliefs and practices of global Islam, beginning with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the revelation of the Qur'an. The course will include overviews of Islamic history, knowledge, and spirituality. Special attention will be paid to the study of Islam in its cultural contexts: Middle Eastern, African, Asian, European, and North American, among others.

Last Published: Sat Jul 21 06:15:03 2018