Religion

Introduction to Religion

CAS RN 100 (4 credits)

Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time. But what is it? How does it work in our world? This course explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical dimensions. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2016FALLCASRN100 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 3:30 pm 5:00 pm KCB 101
2016FALLCASRN100 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
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T 10:00 am 11:00 am KCB 201
2016FALLCASRN100 B2, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 1:00 pm 2:00 pm COM 109
2016FALLCASRN100 B3, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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W 12:00 pm 1:00 pm MUG 203
2016FALLCASRN100 B4, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 424
2017SPRGCASRN100 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CAS 211
2017SPRGCASRN100 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 11:15 am 12:05 pm EPC 206
2017SPRGCASRN100 B2, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm PRB 150
2017SPRGCASRN100 B3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm EPC 206
2017SPRGCASRN100 B4, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 10:10 am 11:00 am PRB 146

The Bible

CAS RN 101 (4 credits)

Introductory study of Jewish and Christian scriptures; connections between biblical and related ancient cultures; biblical genres (epic narrative, law, prophecy, poetry, historiography, gospels, letters, apocalypse) and their literary character, major classical and modern strategies of reading. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Sacred Journeys

CAS RN 102 (4 credits)

An introduction to the comparative study of religion through the theme of the sacred journey/religious quest in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and popular literature. Topics include heroic, romantic, and/or mystical quests; voyages to the underworld; apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic journeys. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Religions of the World: Eastern

CAS RN 103 (4 credits)

Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Focus on the world view of each tradition and the historical development of that world view. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2016FALLCASRN103 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 9:00 am 10:00 am EPC 207
2016FALLCASRN103 A2, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
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M 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CGS 423
2016FALLCASRN103 A3, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
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W 10:00 am 11:00 am COM 210
2016FALLCASRN103 A4, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
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R 11:00 am 12:00 pm EPC 203
2016FALLCASRN103 A5, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
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F 11:00 am 12:00 pm PSY B42
2017SPRGCASRN103 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm CAS 224
2017SPRGCASRN103 A2, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 3:35 pm 4:25 pm EPC 201
2017SPRGCASRN103 A3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 11:15 am 12:05 pm KCB 107
2017SPRGCASRN103 A4, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
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R 11:15 am 12:05 pm PSY B35
2017SPRGCASRN103 A5, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 4:40 pm 5:30 pm CAS 227

Religions of the World: Western

CAS RN 104 (4 credits)

Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in historical and cultural context, origins to the present. Examines diversity of practices, belief systems, and social structures within these religions. Also addresses debates within and between communities as well as contemporary concerns.Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2016FALLCASRN104 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm KCB 106
2017SPRGCASRN104 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
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MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 203

Death and Immortality

CAS RN 106 (4 credits)

Examines death as religious traditions have attempted to accept, defeat, deny, or transcend it. Do we have souls? Do they reincarnate? Other topics include cremation, ancestor worship, apocalypse, alchemy, AIDS, near-death experiences, otherworld cosmologies.

2017SPRGCASRN106 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm CAS TSAI
2017SPRGCASRN106 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 9:30 am 10:45 am MCS B19
2017SPRGCASRN106 B2, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS 227
2017SPRGCASRN106 B3, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm CAS B27
2017SPRGCASRN106 B4, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
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R 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS 227
2017SPRGCASRN106 B5, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS 225
2017SPRGCASRN106 B6, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
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M 9:05 am 9:55 am CAS B06B
2017SPRGCASRN106 B7, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 9:05 am 9:55 am CAS B06B
2017SPRGCASRN106 B8, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS B25B
2017SPRGCASRN106 B9, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS 218
2017SPRGCASRN106 BA, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
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W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS 229

Multireligious America

CAS RN 111 (4 credits)

Introduction to American religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, with an emphasis on developments after 1965, when new legislation opened up immigration and dramatically altered the American religious landscape. Exploration of interreligious interactions: conflict, cooperation, and creolization.

2016FALLCASRN111 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EPC 205

Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion

CAS RN 200 (4 credits)

Origins and history of the academic study of religion. Different constructions of religion as an object of study and the methods that arise from them. The role of the humanities and social sciences in understanding religion's place in history and contemporary experience.

2016FALLCASRN200 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 9:30 am 11:00 am REL 404

The Hebrew Bible

CAS RN 201 (4 credits)

Introduction to the study of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) in translation, the history of the Israelites, and their religion as it develops into early Judaism. Additional topics include prophecy, sacrifice, exile, and the problem of evil. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of Christianity

CAS RN 202 (4 credits)

Places Jesus of Nazareth in his contemporary religious and social context of Second Temple Judaism; and accounts for the origins and growth of Christian life, belief, and spirituality up to the second century, as reflected in the writings of that period. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Religion and Film

CAS RN 203 (4 credits)

How do visual media influence spiritual sentiments, social prejudices, erotic boundaries, faith, and secularism? How does religion regulate the impact of film? This course considers religion on the Hollywood big screen and in video games, animation, and student cinema. Also offered as CAS CI 268.

2017SPRGCASRN203 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
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T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm COM 215

Topics in Religion and the Visual Arts

CAS RN 204 (4 credits)

Explores interplay between religion and art through the study of historical, contemporary examples. Topic changes each year. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Visual Piety. An exploration of the important role that vision plays in religious practices around the world. Theoretical readings and case studies from various cultures will serve as the primary material for the course. Also offered as CAS AH 204.

Scriptures in World Religions

CAS RN 206 (4 credits)

Introduction to scriptures in world religions, investigating the ways sacred books express, interpret, and make possible religious experience.

2017SPRGCASRN206 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
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MWF 2:30 pm 3:20 pm REL 404

Topics in Religion and Literature

CAS RN 207 (4 credits)

May be taken for credit as topics vary. Topic for Fall 2015: Modern Jewish Writers. This course examines modern Jewish fiction with an emphasis on the historical and cultural trends that contributed to its formation. The richness of Jewish literary life is explored through a variety of short stories, graphic novels, films, and novels. Also offered as CAS EN 125 B1.

Religion, Health, and Medicine

CAS RN 209 (4 credits)

How religious and moral narratives inform approaches to biomedicine from the nineteenth century to the present, including understandings of disease, illness, health, sexuality, and the body. Topics include medicine and prayer, alternative medicine, and boundaries between medicine and religion.

2017SPRGCASRN209 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
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MW 12:20 pm 1:35 pm CAS 226

Buddhism

CAS RN 210 (4 credits)

A historical introduction to the major themes of Indian Buddhist thought and practice with special attention to the development of Buddhism in Tibet.

2016FALLCASRN210 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am SCI 117

Chinese Religion

CAS RN 211 (4 credits)

A historical survey of Chinese religion. Covers ancient mythology, cosmology, shamanism, and ritual; the traditional state cult, Daoist mysticism, and immortality; Buddhist schools and Non-Confucian worldview; and sectarian movements and popular cults.

2016FALLCASRN211 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 12:00 pm 1:00 pm JSC 201

Christianity

CAS RN 212 (4 credits)

Introduction to Christian thought and practice in a world context, origins to present. Topics include sin, salvation, sacramnent, sacred text, bodies and souls, community, authority and the individual, Christians and non-Christians, and the challenge of modernity.

2016FALLCASRN212 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
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TR 9:30 am 11:00 am PSY B33

Hinduism

CAS RN 213 (4 credits)

Introduction to the Hindu tradition. Ritual and philosophy of the Vedas and Upanishads, yoga in the Bhagavad Gita, gods and goddesses in Hindu mythology, "popular" aspects of village and temple ritual, and problems of modernization and communalism in postcolonial India.

2017SPRGCASRN213 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
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TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS 233

Islam

CAS RN 214 (4 credits)

The rise and spread of Islam from the seventh century to the present; introduction to its central beliefs, institutions, and practices, and its impact on the religious and cultural history of Asia and Africa. Continuity and change in the modern period.

2016FALLCASRN214 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
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MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am JSC 201