Summer Course Offerings at BU

Summer 2014

The Department of Religion does not offer graduate level courses during summer sessions.  However, students may be interested in taking courses offered in other relevant departments.  Please see the official Summer Term website for full course listings, details and availability. 

Session 1 (May 20-June 27)

Elementary Modern Arabic (Modern Arabic 1)
CAS LY 111

The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10:30 am-1 pm
Luluah Mustafa

Third-Year Modern Arabic II
CAS LY 304

Prereq: (CAS LY 303). Continuing advanced reading, advanced composition; grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed. 10:30 am-1 pm
Giselle Khoury

Ancient Egyptian Magic and Religion
STH TO 844

A survey of the religion and magical practices of ancient Egyptians from the time of the pyramids through the Greco-Roman period (ca. 2600 BCE — 400 CE). The course offers an insight into the ancient Egyptian gods, religious thought, and ideas through the analysis of texts, iconography, and objects used in religious / magical practices. A special focus is on the role of popular magic and religion in everyday life and in the temple. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. The course also requires approximately six additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students read/study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. 4 cr.
Note: Non-standard course dates (May 20-June 19)
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 4-6 pm
Alejandro Botta

Middle Egyptian I (Egyptian Hieroglyphs)
STH TO 846

An introduction to the culture of ancient Egypt and to the classical stage of the Egyptian script and language spoken in Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom that remained the standard hieroglyph language down to the Graeco-Roman period. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. The course also requires approximately six additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students read/study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Alejandro Botta

First-Semester French
CAS LF 111

A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Nicholas Huckle

Second-Semester French
CAS LF 112

Prereq: (CAS LF 111) or placement test results. Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Laure Christine Quere

Third-Semester French
CAS LF 211

Prereq: (CAS LF 112) or placement test results. Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 11 am-1 pm
Davina Mattox

Fourth-Semester French
CAS LF 212

Prereq: (CAS LF 211) or placement test results. Refines the four skills through in-depth study of a modern novel. Creative oral and written exercises based on the novel and study of advanced grammar. Viewing of contemporary French films. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for further study (LF 303). 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 11 am-1 pm
Leslie Hawkes

French Composition and Conversation I
CAS LF 303

Prereq: (CAS LF 212) or equivalent, or placement test results. Not open to students for whom French is a first language. Development of skills in spoken and written language. Grammar review, vocabulary building, regular compositions. (Students who have completed CAS LF 309 or a more advanced college-level language course may not receive credit for LF303.) 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Irit Kleiman

Introduction to Analysis of French Texts
CAS LF 350

Prereq: (CAS LF 303) or equivalent. Development of techniques for reading and interpreting French literary texts. Special attention to the study of lyric poetry, drama, and short narrative. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs. 2-4:30 pm
Irit Kleiman

First-Semester German
CAS LG 111

For beginners or according to placement examination results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and structure of German, emphasizing the four basic skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 9-11:30 am
Abigail Gillman

The Gospel of John
STH TN 806

The purpose of this study of the Fourth Gospel is to acquaint the student with this work from the later New Testament period in a way that provides understanding of and the capacity for criticism of the text involved (in addition to some non-canonical Johannine literature, e.g., the Gnostic Apocryphon of John). Appreciation for both the unity and the diversity within the Johannine literature should increase during this study. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Tues./Thurs. 5-8:30 pm
Robert Hill

Beginning Greek 1
CAS CL 161

Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of ancient Greek. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Tues./Thurs. 6-9:30 pm
Evie Zachariades-Holmberg

Intermediate Greek 1: Prose
CAS CL 261

Prereq: (CAS CL 162) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Plato and Lysias, as well as selections from the New Testament. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Wed./Fri. 9:30 am-12 noon
Rebekah Wysocki

First-Semester Italian
CAS LI 111

For beginners only, or according to placement examination results. Grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, compositions. Conducted in Italian. (If CAS LI 131 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.) 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Rita Coté

Third-Semester Italian
CAS LI 211

Prereq: (CAS LI 112) or placement test results. Intended for students with a satisfactory background in elementary Italian, who require some review of basic structures, verbs, and related essentials. Review, emphasis on composition skills, and conversation. Reading and discussion of short stories, poetry, and plays. Conducted in Italian. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1:30-3:30 pm
Claretta Tonetti

Beginning Latin 1
CAS CL 111

Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of classical Latin. Beginners only. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs./Fri. 9-11 am
Daniel Libatique

Intermediate Latin 1: Prose
CAS CL 211

Prereq: (CAS CL 112) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Latin prose. Authors read may include Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Petronius, and Pliny. 4 cr.
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed. 1-3:30 pm
Colin Pang

Spiritual Autobiographies
STH TC 529

Explores classic and contemporary spiritual autobiographies. These autobiographies reveal the diverse paths of religious seekers and the crises and epiphanies that became focal points of meaning and revelation. Students learn about the practices of faith that sustained and challenged religious people from Augustine to Teresa of Avila to Tolstoy. Through close, empathetic, and critical examination of the texts, students reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities. Students also engage first-hand in the crafting of spiritual autobiography, and have the opportunity to work intensively in small groups throughout the writing and sharing process. Throughout the course, students explore potential uses of spiritual autobiography as pathways of discernment and growth in congregational and retreat settings, small faith groups, spiritual formation, and companionship. 4 cr.
Note: Non-standard course dates (May 19-May 28)
A1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs./Fri. 10 am-5 pm
Claire Wolfteich
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Session 2 (June 30 – August 8)

Elementary Modern Arabic (Modern Arabic 2)
CAS LY 112

Prereq: (CAS LY 111). The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10:30 am-1 pm
Kheireddine Bekkai

First-Semester French
CAS LF 111

A multimedia approach for students who have never studied French. A variety of communicative tasks develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Katherine Lakin-Schultz

Second-Semester French
CAS LF 112

Prereq: (CAS LF 111) or placement test results. Continues CAS LF 111. A multimedia approach which develops speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, together with the grammar and vocabulary needed for more complex communicative tasks. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Kathryn Zimmerman

Third-Semester French
CAS LF 211

Prereq: (CAS LF 112) or placement test results. Authentic literary selections by writers from diverse Francophone countries, cultural readings, and discussion of short-subject films by francophone filmmakers, accompanied by advanced study of grammar and emphasis on communicative skills. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 11 am-1 pm
Liliane Dusewoir

Fourth-Semester French
CAS LF 212

Prereq: (CAS LF 211) or placement test results. Refines the four skills through in-depth study of a modern novel. Creative oral and written exercises based on the novel and study of advanced grammar. Viewing of contemporary French films. Fulfills CAS language requirement, prepares for further study (LF 303). 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 11 am-1 pm
Paula Hennessey

Second-Semester German
CAS LG 112

Prereq: (CAS LG 111) or placement test results. Continues study and practice of the basic skills of speaking, writing, and reading German. Conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, compositions. Conducted in German. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 9-11:30 am
Beate Alhadeff

Beginning Greek 2
CAS CL 162

Prereq: (CAS CL 161) or equivalent. Further study of ancient Greek grammar, forms, and vocabulary. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Tues./Thurs. 6-9:30 pm
Evie Zachariades-Holmberg

Intermediate Greek 2: Poetry
CAS CL 262

Prereq: (CAS CL 261) or equivalent. Reading of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs. 9:30 am-12 noon
Michael Wheeler

Islam in Middle East Politics
CAS IR 509

Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the international politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Tues./Wed./Thurs. 9:30 am-12 noon
Wilfrid Rollman

Issues in Modern Terrorism
CAS HI 545

Addresses a variety of historical, political, socio-cultural, and psychological issues related to modern terrorism, and analyzes differences between this unique twentieth and twenty-first century phenomenon and political murders in the past. 4 cr.
Note: Non-standard course dates (July 1-July 31)
B1 (IND) Tues./Wed./Thurs. 6-9 pm
Anna Geifman

Second-Semester Italian
CAS LI 112

Prereq: (CAS LI 111) or placement test results. Continues the CAS LI 111 basic text: grammar, conversation, compositions. Conducted in Italian. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Rosella Marino

Fourth-Semester Italian
CAS LI 212

Prereq: (CAS LI 211) or placement test results. For students who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing, and reading. Continuation of CAS LI 211: review, development of reading skills through analysis of contemporary texts, compositions, conversation. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs. 1:30-3:30 pm
Daniela Fagnani

Beginning Latin 2
CAS CL 112

Prereq: (CAS CL 111) or equivalent. Further study of Latin grammar, forms, and vocabulary. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs./Fri. 1:30-3:30 pm
Dustin Dixon

Intermediate Latin 2: Poetry
CAS CL 212

Prereq: (CAS CL 211) or equivalent. Reading of selections from Latin poetry. Authors read may include Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Mon./Tues./Thurs. 1-3:30 pm
Viviane Klein

Queer Theology
STH TT 849

Examines the emergence of queer theology as it has been derived from queer theory and LGBTQ social justice activists. Acquaints students with the history of the term “queer,” its challenges, its reappropriation, and the impact queer theology is having on the Christian faith and practices. We especially investigate how “queering” may contribute to theology as an academic discipline, church practice, and as an instrument of social justice. This course will privilege an intersectional analysis. 4 cr.
B1 (IND) Tues./Wed./Thurs. 10 am-12:30 pm
Pamela Lightsey

Spirituality and Social Work Practice
SSW HB 744

Grad Prereq: (SSW HB 720) or permission of department chair. The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with current theories regarding religion and spirituality and their role in clinical work. Particular attention is given to the function of spirituality and religion in bridging internal and external adaptations throughout the life cycle. Utilizing psychodynamic and narrative frameworks, this course addresses ways of assessing and working with an individual’s spiritual and existential belief systems and attending to the ways in which spiritual beliefs and practices provide a window into a client’s inner world. In addition, the course addresses issues of transference and countertransference as they arise in the exploration of religious and spiritual material in psychotherapy. The course draws heavily on case material, film, and fiction. 3 cr.
Note: Non-Standard Course Dates (July 3-August 7)
B1 (IND) Thurs. 9 am-2 pm
Michelle Walsh
Permission Required