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Spring 2018 Course Offerings

Religious Studies Courses

RLST 1111.  First-Year Writing Seminar - Renaissance Art and Politics.  PRICE  (MWF 10:10-11:00) – HCA

Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. May be repeated for credit once if there is no duplication of topic, but students may earn only up to 3 credits in any 1111 course per semester of enrollment. 

RLST 1710. Religions of Japan. LOWE (MWF 9:10-10:00)  – SBS

Major religious traditions of China. Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, state-sponsored religious systems, and popular religion. Thought and practice from ancient times to the present.

RLST 2881. Myth and History of Religious Biography. STEWART (M 3:10-5:40) – HCA

Religious biography and hagiography as distinct literary genres. Hero mythology and narrative patterning. Ways religions construct unique biographical images by combining the historical life with religious belief. Examples from lives of Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Luther, Caitanya, Shinran, and Mama Lola. Interpretive strategies include hermeneutic theory, modes of history, structuralism, and feminism; additional theoretical per- spectives on translation, orality, and reader response criticism. 

RLST 3142. Slave Thought & Culture in the American South. Oghoghomeh-Wells (MWF 1:10-2:00)  –  US  

The religious thought of African American slaves as expressed through folklore, literature, and art. Creative ideas about the cosmos, the supernatural, transcendent spiritual reality, natural social reality, and the human condition. Offered on a graded basis only. 

RLST 3350. Christian-Jewish Relations. PRICE (TR 9:35-10:50) – INT

Political and cultural history from the medieval persecutions to the expansion of religious toleration in the Enlightenment. Close consideration of legal toleration, banishments, re-admissions, and the impact of Christian reform movements. 

RLST 3747. Daoist Tradition. CAMPANY (TR 9:35-10:50) – HCA  

Historical and thematic survey of the Daoist tradition in China. Philosophical classics and religious scriptures, as well as social history are covered. Daoism today. 

RLST 3749. Zen Buddhism. LOWE (MWF 11:10-12:00) – INT

A study of the development of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan with special attention to its basic philosophy, its position within Mahayana Buddhism, its meditational techniques, and its contemporary significance. 

RLST 3753. East Asian Buddhism: The Lotus Sutra. CAMPANY (TR 1:10-2:25) – INT

East Asian Buddhist texts. Key Buddhist ideas, values, practices, and institutions. Chronological surveys of key developments in major historical periods. East Asian Buddhism is a vast subject. Many scholars have spent their entire careers working in just a corner of it. Rather than attempting a comprehensive survey, this course focuses on aspects of East Asian Buddhism carefully chosen to illuminate the powerful, variegated, long-lasting religion it was and still is. Readings include the Lotus Sutra and the famous Zen text known as the Platform Sutra.

RLST 4593. Advanced Seminar in Islamic Tradition. EIDO (MW 1:10-2:35) 

Analysis of original Arabic texts, manuscript reading, and research methods. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit more than once if there is no duplication in topic. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. 

 RLST 4836. The Religious Self According to Jung. GAY  (TR 11:00-12:15) – SBS

The religious core of human existence as related to the concepts of the archaic unconscious and the birth of the self in C. G. Jung’s analytical psychology. Study of the life and thought of Jung as illustrated by his autobiography,  Memories, Dreams, Reflections.  Critical assessment of his theory as a means for understanding religious phenomena. 

RLST 4939. Religious Autobiography. GELLER (TR 1:10-2:25) – P

The construction of identity in religious autobiography: motivations (personal sal- vation, witness, proselytism); relationships among self, God, and religious tradition; role of memory; cultural, gender, and religious differences. Readings may include Augustine, Gandhi, Malcolm X, Angelou, Wiesel. 

RLST 4970. Majors Colloquium.  LOWE (M 2:10-3:00) 

Antiquity to the present. Classic myths and re-tellings over time. Introduction to theoretical frameworks including comparative and historical. Politics, gender, and performance.


Language Courses

ARA 1102. Elementary Arabic. HAMAD (MTWRF 8:10-9:00) (MTWRF 9:10-10:00) / EIDO  (MTWRF 11:10-12:00)  –  INT 

Continuation of 1101. Development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 1101. 

ARA 2202. Intermediate Arabic. HAMAD (TR 11:00-12:15)  –  INT 

Continuation of 2201. Practice and development of language skills at the intermediate-advanced level. Intensive work in spoken Arabic with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Advanced grammar, modern Arabic word formation, verb aspect usage, and structure of complex sentences. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 2201. 

ARA 3102. Advanced Arabic. EIDO (TR 1:10-2:25) – INT

Continuation of 3101. Further development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in the Arabic language. Emphasis on grammar and literary techniques. Offered on a graded basis only. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 3101.