Graduate Level Courses in the Department of Religion


See the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bulletin for all courses offered by the Program.

Fall 2021 Graduate Courses

Modern Judaism
Steven Katz                           T/THR 12:30PM-1:45PM
Encounters between Judaism and modernity from the Renaissance and Reformation; the Spanish expulsion and creation of Jewish centers in the New World; emancipation and its consequences; assimilation, Reform Judaism, Zionism, the American Jewish community, non-European communities, Jewish global migration, and modern antisemitism.

Gender, Sexuality, Judaism
Deeana Klepper                    THR 3:30PM-6:15PM
Explores the role of gender and sexuality in Judaism and Jewish experience, historically and in the present. Subjects include constructions of masculinity and femininity, attitudes toward (and uses of) the body and sexuality, gendered nature of religious practice and authority. Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).

Philosophy and Mysticism: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives
Diana Lobel                          T/THR 2:00PM-3:15PM
Major trends of Jewish mystical thought and practice from late antiquity to today, including Kabbalah, Hasidism, and modern messianic movements. Includes close readings of Zohar. Covers theories and practices of mystical ascent, neo-Platonic trends in religious thought, and messianic speculation.

Buddhist Literature
Laura Harrington                T/THR 12:30pm-1:45pm
Focuses on Buddhist sutras and other literature to explore key issues of doctrine, philosophy, and praxis in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions of Buddhism. Topics include the Buddha’s life, practicing the path, emptiness, and interdependence.

GSR RN675/AN775/STH TX875
Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
Frank Korom                       MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm
Ethnographic and historical introduction to the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the impact of religion on cultural practices and social institutions.

The Holocaust
Steven Katz                         T/THR 3:30PM-4:45PM
Rise of German (and European) antisemitism; rise of Nazism; 1935 Nuremberg Laws; the initial Jewish reaction; racial theory; organizing mass murder including ghettos, concentration camps, killing squads, and gas chambers; bystanders and collaborators (countries, organizations, and individuals); Jewish resistance; post-Holocaust religious responses; moral and ethical issues.

Women, Gender, and Islam
Kecia Ali                               M 3:30PM-6:15PM
Investigates the way Muslim religious discourse, norms, and practices create and sustain gender and hierarchy in religious, social, and familial life. Looks at historical and contemporary challenges posed to these structures. Prereq: CAS RN 104 or CAS RN 214; or equivalent.

Topics in Religion, Science, and Medicine; Religion, Health, and the Body
Anthony Petro/April Hughes 3:30PM-6:15PM          T 3:30PM-6:20PM
Topic for Fall 2021: Religion, Health, and the Body. This seminar offers a comparative introduction to studies of religion, health, and the body—paying attention to how notions of embodiment and health surface in debates over gender, sexual, and racial difference in various traditions including Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam.

GSR RN790/AR735/STH TX820
Topics in the Materiality of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
David Frankfurter                        M 3:30PM-6:15PM
Investigates material traces and contexts of religion in the Graeco-Roman world, including iconic, architectural, votive, magical, and other archaeological remains; and draws on theories of space, image, and ritual performance. Topics vary. Also offered as CAS AR 435.Prereq: Prior Coursework in Archaeology or Ancient Religions, or consent of instructor.

Approaches to Religion I: Classical Approaches
Jonathan Klawans                        M 1:25pm-3:05pm, W 1:25pm-2:15pm
Surveys in roughly chronological order classic theoretical and methodological works in religious studies. Covers the history of the field, and critically analyzes the ways religion is studied and taught in modern universities. Prereq: Admission to the GDRS PhD program, or permission of the instructor.



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