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Comparative Religion Spring 2016 Course Offerings

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Road Map for our Comparative Religion Curriculum: Our Comparative Religion students are Globalists who develop comprehensive knowledge through conscientious historical, ethical and comparative thinking.

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 demographic and cultural information on people across the globe and communities in the United States in history and today

200 Level Study of World History

These courses analyze why and how beliefs and practices were established – what were the reasons, what were the interactions with other social and/or religious groups, what was the context; they also analyze the impact of the religion on local, national and global stages, including politics, social justice, and conflict.

  • 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 (religion, 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 practice and ethical action

200 Level Study of Ethics

These courses analyze ethical reasoning and practice in diverse social contexts, including business, bio-medical and environmental.

  • Using case studies of specific ethical issues and the methodology of ethical reasoning

200 and 300 Level Comparative Study 

These courses take an international perspective by engaging multiple religions on a timely topic, such as film analysis, mind and body east and west, mysticism, comparative ethics.

  • Thematic topics that explore patterns across Eastern and Western traditions

300 Level Study of World History and Ethics

  • Advanced level study applying appropriate methodologies to a variety topics, such as major historical events, gender, literature and the arts, classical theories of ethics