Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Religious Studies Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 100: The Human Religious Experience (3 Credits)

Examines main forms of religious expression as embodied in several important religious traditions in contemporary world. Investigates religious experience; myth and ritual; teachings and scripture; ethical, social, and artistic aspects of religion; and nature and function of religion in human society. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 211: Religions of the West (3 Credits)

Focuses on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from historical, comparative, and cross-cultural perspectives. May also include modern developments of those faiths such as Mormonism and Baha'ism, as well as Zoroastrianism and religions of ancient Near Eastern cultures. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

RELI 212: Religions of Asia (3 Credits)

Surveys religions of India, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the religions of the Far East, China, and Japan, including Daosim, Confucianism, Shinto, from origins to present. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Young Chan Ro — David King Hall 2053
  • Section 002 — Prabhavati C. Reddy — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1006

RELI 235: Religion and Literature (3 Credits)

Explores the relationship between religion and literature in different times and cultures, the influence of religion on literary works, and how literature expresses major religious themes such as death and immortality, divine will and justice, suffering and human destiny, and religion and state. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

RELI 272: Islam (3 Credits)

Introduces basic religious beliefs and practices of Islam, with view to diverse manifestations of Islamic culture in different ethnic and social contexts. Provides overview of essential rituals of Islamic life, mystical practices of Sufis, certain popular forms of religious practice, sources and application of Islamic law, and distinctive Islamic artistic and literary forms. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — David Dakake — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206

300-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 313: Hinduism (3 Credits)

Introduces Hindu religion and thought, beliefs, rituals, ethics and religious practices. Emphasis on classical Hinduism, but also covers Hinduism and modernity, modern Hindu movements, and Hinduism as a global religion. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Prabhavati C. Reddy — Nguyen Engineering Building 1109

RELI 314: Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions (3 Credits)

Surveys major religious traditions and philosophical themes of China including Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism. Examines foundation of Chinese world view and spirituality by investigating diverse religious traditions that have created tensions and harmony among them. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 330: Religion, Fantasy and Imagination (3 Credits)

Explores the worlds of religion, fantasy and imagination, presented in selected writings of 20th century fantasy authors, including Lewis, Tolkien, Pullman, Rowling.Ê Covers ideas of quest for enlightenment, redemption or salvation, conflict between good and evil, worlds of the supernatural, parallel dimensions and their inhabitants. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 355: Sufism (3 Credits)

Examines the tradition of Islamic mysticism, Sufism, through an exploration of the literature produced by Sufis themselves. Provide general introduction to Sufism and its spiritual perspective and investigates various genres of Sufi literature, including hagiography, symbolic scriptural exegesis, spiritual autobiography, didactic allegory and love poetry. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 364: Religion and Law in the United States (3 Credits)

Explores issues relating to law and religion. Focuses on the legal doctrines that have arisen in cases under the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. Topics include religion and public schools, government aid to religious institutions, including school vouchers, government endorsement of religious symbols, freedom of religious expression, and freedom of religious practice. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 376: Special Topics in Religious Thought (3 Credits)

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 379: Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics (3 Credits)

Introduces foundational sources and principles of Islamic Law or shariah. Examines the historical development and application of Islamic law, its role in Muslim societies, and its relationship to Islamic social ideals and ethical discourse. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in RELI

RELI 376: Special Topics in Religious Thought (3 Credits)

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 420: Seminar (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Senior seminar on a specific topic of relevance to religious studies. Content varies.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 591: Special Topics in Religious Studies (3 Credits)

Topics in religious studies selected by importance in the field and pertinent to the role of religion in society and culture. Emphasis on historical, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural issues. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in RELI

RELI 591: Special Topics in Religious Studies (3 Credits)

Topics in religious studies selected by importance in the field and pertinent to the role of religion in society and culture. Emphasis on historical, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural issues. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

RELI 633: Ethical Perspectives of World Religions (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Examines how perceptions of ultimate reality shape ethical values and behaviors of various religious traditions. Addresses problems in interpretation of authoritative foundational teachings in contemporary contexts. Special attention to non-Western religions.

RELI 635: World Religions in Transition and Transformation (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Explores transitions and transformations in selected world religions as they respond to and influence forces of cultural change, social values, and the crises of history. Fresh or modified constructions of the sacred and their relationship to world and humans will be examined.

RELI 642: Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Explores how sacred languages and scriptures develop in major global religious traditions: study of grammar, syntax, and morphology of sacred languages; issues of inspiration, authority and canon. Also examines cultural dimensions of sacred language.