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.

2017FALLCASRN100 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am COM 101
2017FALLCASRN100 B1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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T 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS B06A
2017FALLCASRN100 B2, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
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M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm CAS 310
2017FALLCASRN100 B3, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm CGS 115
2017FALLCASRN100 B4, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
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M 9:05 am 9:55 am CAS 204B
2017FALLCASRN100 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 3:35 pm 4:25 pm SED 130
2017FALLCASRN100 D1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
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M 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 222
2017FALLCASRN100 D2, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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W 2:30 pm 3:20 pm REL 404
2017FALLCASRN100 D3, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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T 11:15 am 12:05 pm SHA 206
2017FALLCASRN100 D4, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm COM 111
2018SPRGCASRN100 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm
2018SPRGCASRN100 B1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
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T 11:15 am 12:05 pm
2018SPRGCASRN100 B2, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
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M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm
2018SPRGCASRN100 B3, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
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W 2:30 pm 3:20 pm
2018SPRGCASRN100 B4, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
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M 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS

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.

2017FALLCASRN101 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS B18

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 Asia

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.

2017FALLCASRN103 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am CAS B18
2018SPRGCASRN103 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm CAS
2018SPRGCASRN103 B1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
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M 3:35 pm 4:25 pm PSY
2018SPRGCASRN103 B2, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
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W 11:15 am 12:05 pm
2018SPRGCASRN103 B3, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
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T 11:15 am 12:05 pm
2018SPRGCASRN103 B4, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
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M 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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 controversies and concerns. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2017FALLCASRN104 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 12:20 pm 1:10 pm CAS 216
2018SPRGCASRN104 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
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MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS

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.

2017FALLCASRN106 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm PHO 206
2017FALLCASRN106 B1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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T 9:30 am 10:45 am JSC 201
2017FALLCASRN106 B2, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
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R 3:35 pm 4:25 pm SED 406
2017FALLCASRN106 B3, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
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W 1:25 pm 2:15 pm CAS 222
2017FALLCASRN106 B4, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
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M 11:15 am 12:05 pm CAS 222
2018SPRGCASRN106 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm COM
2018SPRGCASRN106 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
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W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm PSY
2018SPRGCASRN106 B2, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
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T 3:35 pm 4:25 pm PRB
2018SPRGCASRN106 B3, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
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W 12:20 pm 1:10 pm
2018SPRGCASRN106 B4, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
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R 9:30 am 10:45 am PRB
2018SPRGCASRN106 B5, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
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M 11:15 am 12:05 pm
2018SPRGCASRN106 B6, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2018
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W 9:05 am 9:55 am CAS

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.

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.

2017FALLCASRN200 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
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TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm 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.

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 A1 and CAS XL 560 A1.

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.

2018SPRGCASRN206 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
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MWF 1:25 pm 2:15 pm REL

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.

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.

2018SPRGCASRN210 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2018
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MWF 12:20 pm 1:10 pm CAS

Chinese Religion

CAS RN 211 (4 credits)

A historical survey of Chinese religions from the ancient period to modern times. Covers cosmology, divination, philosophy, divine kingship, ancestors, art, the Silk Road, death and afterlives, popular deities, Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.

2017FALLCASRN211 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am 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.

2018SPRGCASRN212 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS

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.

2018SPRGCASRN213 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm

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.

2017FALLCASRN214 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am REL 404

Judaism

CAS RN 216 (4 credits)

Systematic and historical introduction to doctrines, customs, literature, and movements of Judaism; biblical religion and literature; rabbinic life and thought; medieval mysticism and philosophy; modern movement and developments.

2017FALLCASRN216 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
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MWF 12:20 pm 1:10 pm JSC 201
2018SPRGCASRN216 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
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TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm REL