Spring Courses

Spring 2020

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REL-R 175 — A&H GCC
MW 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

This course considers the ways that religion and sports are alike and argues that you can learn a great deal about one through careful attention to the other.

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REL-B 210 — A&H GCC
TR 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

This course surveys the development of Buddhism, from its origins in India to its subsequent expansion across the globe, including its presence in the United States.

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REL-B 220 — A&H GCC
MW 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Our goal is to gain a basic understanding of this religious tradition, to expand our own ideas of what it means to be human, and to broaden our understanding of what “religion” is.

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REL-A 250 — A&H GCC
TR 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What is Christianity? What does it mean to be Christian? How should a Christian act in the world? Can we ever hope to recover “original” Christianity, even though we are historically, socially, and culturally so far removed from its origins? In asking these questions, this course reveals that Christianity might just be both a possibility and an impossibility.

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REL-A 300 — A&H
MW 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Why did people in the ancient world believe in demons and other supernatural beings? Did they really perform exorcisms and burn witches at the stake? What was “magic” in antiquity, and how did it differ from “religion” and “science”? This course offers students a wide selection of readings that engage these questions.

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REL-B 300 — A&H GCC
TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The past decade has seen an explosion of interest across the United States in something called “mindfulness meditation.”

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REL-B 300 — A&H GCC
TR 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - 2nd 8 weeks

This course explores how ancient Indians answered these questions in the Mahābhārata, a foundational text of Indian civilization.

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REL-C 330 — A&H DUS
MW 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

In this course, we will ask: Who are evangelicals? What do they believe, and how do they behave? Should non-evangelicals be worried about them?

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REL-D 365 — A&H
TR 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Love and friendship seem crucial to any good human life—but what are they, exactly? In this course we examine these and related ideas by reading classic and contemporary works from different cultures and eras.

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REL-D 375 — A&H
MW 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

One hallmark of religion is its association with mystery and the mysterious— what is different from or unknowable to the human? Detective fiction emerged around the time people began to test the limits of these mysteries, asking what we can know and how we know it.

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REL-D 430 — A&H
MW 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Scientists claim that human actions have triggered a new “mass extinction” event on Earth. Activists are mobilizing to push for a rapid response to extinction and climate disruption.

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COLL-C 103 — A&H CAPP
TR 9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. and discussion

This course examines statements on the nature of human existence from both East Asia and the ancient and modern West, with a special focus on Christianity, Confucianism, and Daoism.

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COLL-C 103 — A&H CAPP
TR 9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. and discussion

This course will explore several issues under the broad topic of ‘death.’

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COLL-C 104 — S&H CAPP
TR 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. and discussion

This course focuses on tourism, a major aspect of globalization that involves the cross-cultural consumption of experience.

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