Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Religious Studies Fall 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — John Turner — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
  • Section 001 — Randi L Rashkover — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Innovation Hall 136

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Prabhavati C. Reddy — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Innovation Hall 133
  • Section 003 — Prabhavati C. Reddy — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Enterprise Hall 275

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture

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300-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 315: Buddhism (3 Credits)

Surveys Buddhist religious traditions. Includes historical development of Buddhism in India, China, and Japan, examining both Theravada and Mahayana traditions; philosophical and religious significance of Buddhism; and social and political implications of Buddhist traditions in South Asian and East Asian countries. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Art & Design Building L008

RELI 317: Daoism (3 Credits)

Explores philosophical ideas, spiritual orientation, religious practice, and social and political values in Daoist tradition reading classic Daoist texts including Dao De Jing, Chuang-tzu, and other sources. Discusses Daoism in light of comparative and cross-cultural studies for global understanding of issues on concepts of nature, human nature, and good and evil. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Young Chan Ro — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson B202

RELI 331: Religion in America (3 Credits)

Religious heritage in American culture, growth of denominations and sects, and interrelationship of religion and sociopolitical life. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John Turner — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Thompson Hall 2022

RELI 360: Religion and Politics (3 Credits)

Explores the roles of religion in contemporary political life in the United States and abroad. Emphasizes religion in current political debates. Includes history, political theory, sociology, and theology to present a comprehensive understanding of the topic. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — John Farina — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Enterprise Hall 277

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

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of Religious Studies or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 490: Comparative Study of Religions (3 Credits)

Cross-cultural examination of comparative aspects of religious phenomena. Examines significance of religious phenomena from diverse religious and cultural perspectives, and investigates patterns of religious phenomena that have appeared in world cultures and civilizations. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 9 credits in religious studies including RELI 211 and RELI 212, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in RELI

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

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of Religious Studies or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

600-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 631: Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality (3 Credits)

Investigates nature of sacred and categories of sacred and secular in human experience. Both duality and interconnectedness of sacred and secular explored to facilitate fresh understanding of essential unity of human religiosity and spirituality. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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RELI 644: Islamic Texts and Contexts (3 Credits)

Introduces foundational Islamic texts; scholarly traditions of commentary, criticism and analysis on these texts; and application and significance of these texts in contemporary Islamic discourses. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Abdulaziz Sachedina — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Research Hall 202

Topics in RELI

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

Selected topics from a philosophical perspective. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of Religious Studies or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled