Comp Rel Courses – upcoming semester with descriptions and overall

Spring 2015 Courses Final

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Road Map for our Comparative Religions Curriculum:

REL 101/Introduction to World Religions

  • An overview of five world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Methods of analysis used: history and comparison
  • Provides cultural information on people across the globe and communities in the United States in history and today

200 Level courses on traditions of world regions all share the following features

  • Global Studies: What traditions are historically and in the present centrally influential in defining the culture of a world region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East)
  • Social Studies: How personhood (gender, class, social location) and community are defined, enacted and challenged
  • World Events: Why present-day events, especially conflicts, take the cultural shape they do
  • Behavioral Studies: How the good life is defined and realized in practices and ethical action

200 Level courses on ethics

  • Case studies of ethics in a variety of social locations and issues, including business, environmental and bio-medical

200 and 300 Level courses on comparative religion topics

  • Explore a variety of thematic topics that bring together Eastern and Western traditions, such as film studies, the problem of evil, mysticism, etc.

300 Level courses on traditions of world regions and ethics

  • Applying a variety of methods and topics, such as major historical events, gender, literature and the arts, classical theories of ethics