Fall Courses

Fall 2020

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REL-R 133 — A&H
TR 11:15A–12:30P

What is religion? Where does it come from? What does it do? How should we study it? This course introduces students to the many different ways that theorists and scholars of religion have tried to answer these questions.

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REL-R 153 — A&H GCC
TR 11:15A-12:05P + Discussion

This course is designed as an introduction to the major religious traditions of Asia, with special attention to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.

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REL-R 160 — A&H GCC
MW 2:30-3:20P + Discussion

What is “religious”? Who are “Americans”? We know to look for religion in churches, synagogues, or mosques, but what about ballparks, kitchens, battlefields, or automobiles? This course blends the familiar with the strange, exploring things we might expect and others that are sure to surprise.

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REL-A 250 — A&H GCC
MW 9:30-10:45A

This course will teach you new things about a familiar religion – tracing the history of Christianity from Jesus and his followers’ healings and exorcisms in the first century up through the global expansion of Christianity in the modern world.

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REL-B 310 — A&H GCC
TR 11:15A-12:30P

This course introduces students to Buddhism in China, Korea, Japan, and the East Asian diaspora, beginning with an introduction to basic Buddhist teachings about how reality works and how we should navigate that reality.

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REL-B 374 — A&H GCC
TR 4:00-5:15P

This course provides an introduction to the early development of Chinese thought, concentrating on early debates over human nature and the best practices of self-cultivation, the general nature of the cosmos and the human role in it, and the proper ordering of society.

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REL-R 389 — A&H
TR 1:00-2:15P

This seminar addresses these and other questions about religion, crisis, and critique through a close reading of selected religious texts and accompanying scholarship.

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REL-C 402 — A&H DUS IW
MW 11:15A-12:30P

This course explores topics including yoga, mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, acupuncture, chiropractic, Reiki, pentecostal divine healing, Jehovah’s Witnesses’ refusal of blood transfusions, and ethics in end-of-life care.

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REL-A 480 — A&H GCC
MW 11:15A-12:30P

This course examines issues such as 1) the nature and scope of revelation, 2) the nature of good and evil, and 3) free will vs. predestination and explores Muslim views of creation, cosmology (the nature of God, angels, martyrdom), and eschatology (the end times).

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COLL-C 103 — A&H CAPP
MW 3:35-4:25P + Discussion

By engaging hip-hop culture, as well as its deeper history in spirituals, gospel, and R&B, this course introduces students to the critical study of religion and culture.

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COLL-C 103 — A&H CAPP
MW 1:25-2:15P + Discussion

In this course, students will explore the role of mourning across cultures, analyze various approaches to coping with anxieties associated with death, and think through the ways in which death might influence how people live.

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