Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Religious Studies Spring 2018

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 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1006
  • Section 001 — Randi L Rashkover — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — David King Hall 2053

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 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
  • Section 001 — Young Chan Ro — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — David King Hall 2053

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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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Prabhavati C. Reddy — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
  • Section 003 — Todd S. Brown — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122
  • Section 001 — John Farina — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Robinson B224

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Maria M Dakake — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — 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. 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 — Catherine Elaine Prueitt — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Krug Hall 204

RELI 337: Mysticism: East and West (3 Credits)

Comparative treatment of major expressions of mysticism in East and West through exploration of various ways of understanding mystical experience. Readings and discussion emphasize one or more of the Eastern (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen) and Western (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) traditions. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Young Chan Ro — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Robinson B202

RELI 356: Jesus and the Gospels (3 Credits)

Examines Gospel accounts of Jesus in context of first-century Christianity. Applies variety of historical and literary methods to gain understanding of Jesus and history and theology of early church. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kevin Augustyn — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson A412

RELI 365: Muhammad: Life and Legacy (3 Credits)

Examines life and character of the founder of Islam, as remembered and understood by Muslims, as well as explores influence of his paradigmatic life and teachings on Islamic religious discourse and culture. Addresses Western critical studies of the accounts of Muhammad's life and contemporary controversies regarding Muhammad. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Maria M Dakake — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Innovation Hall 208

RELI 384: Global History of Christianity (3 Credits)

Explores the history of Christianity around the world in the context of political and social structures as well as religious beliefs and practices. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John Turner — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 131

400-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 420: Seminar (3 Credits)

Senior seminar on a specific topic of relevance to religious studies. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic varies. Students with other majors may be take the course if the topic is sufficiently close to their field of study. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: Major in religious studies with 60 credits including 9 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in RELI

RELI 420: Seminar (3 Credits)

Senior seminar on a specific topic of relevance to religious studies. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic varies. Students with other majors may be take the course if the topic is sufficiently close to their field of study. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: Major in religious studies with 60 credits including 9 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

600-Level Courses in RELI

RELI 632: World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue (3 Credits)

Explores reasons for instances of global religious conflicts and examines ways of engaging in interreligious dialogue. Investigates religious pluralism as an effective means for dialogue. 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 645: Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought (3 Credits)

Compares and analyzes Sunni and Shi`ite theologies, with particular attention to the historical development of Muslim creed in the context of social and political conditions, and the essential differences between the Sunni and Shi'ite schools of thought. 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

Topics in RELI

RELI 420: Seminar (3 Credits)

Senior seminar on a specific topic of relevance to religious studies. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated when topic varies. Students with other majors may be take the course if the topic is sufficiently close to their field of study. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: Major in religious studies with 60 credits including 9 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled