Autumn 2022 Courses

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An exciting set of courses coming up this fall in Religious Studies.

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RELSTDS 2102.02 | Comparative Sacred Texts | LEC | 11:10-12:30 TR | Journalism Building 375 | Finver, Savannah H. | 36867 

Introduction to religious views of the universe, the supernatural, social organization, ethics, etc., through sacred texts (oral and written) of diverse cultures and historical periods. 

Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with credit CompStd 2102.02 (202.02). GE lit and diversity global studies course. 

RELSTDS 2370 | Introduction to Comparative Religions | LEC | 1:50-2:45pm TR | Knowlton 250 | Urban, Hugh | 26697 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. 

Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370H or CompStd 2370H (270H) or 2370 (270). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

RELSTDS 2370H | Introduction to Comparative Religions | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm WF | Mendenhall 129 | Dew, Spencer | 26700 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. 

Prereq: Honors standing, and English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370, CompStd 2370 (270), or 2370H (270H). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

COMPSTDS 3990 | Approaches to Comparative Studies | LEC | 9:35-10:55am WF | Hale Hall 110A | Shank, Barry | 16450 

Introduces comparative studies majors to theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts in comparative studies research and scholarship. 

Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. CompStd major, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 398. 

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ENGLISH 2280 | The English Bible | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Denney 213 | Fredal, James Anthony | 35575 

The Bible in English translation, with special attention to its literary qualities, conceptual content, and development within history. 

Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2280H (280H) or 280. GE lit course. 

ENGLISH 2280H | The English Bible | SEM | 11:10am-12:30pm TR | Denney 265 | Hamlin, Hannibal | 35580 

The Bible in English translation, with special attention to its literary qualities, conceptual content, and development within history. 

Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2280H (280H) or 280. GE lit course. 

HEBREW 2700 OR JEWSHST 2700 | The Hebrew Bible | LEC | 3:55-5:15 TR | Ramseyer 115 | Epstein, Ingrid | 17758 or 27038 

Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends. 

Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2700H, JewshSt 2700, or 2700H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt. 

HEBREW 2700H or JEWSHST 2700H | The Hebrew Bible | LEC | 9:35-10:55am TR | Enarson Classroom 206 | Frank, Daniel | 27557 or 27558 

Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends. 

Prereq: Honors standing, and English 1110; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2700, JewshSt 2700, or 2700H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt. 

HISTORY 2221 | Introduction to the New Testament | LEC | 9:10-10:05 MWF | Fontana 2020 | Harrill, James Albert | 34699 

Introductory survey of the New Testament writings in translation, including non-canonical sources of the early Christian movement. 

Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Clas 2221, 2221E, 2401, or 2401E. GE for lit and historical study course. Cross-listed in Clas. 

JEWSHST 3210 OR RELSTDS 3210 | Kabbalah and the Jewish Mystical Tradition | LEC | 2:30-3:40 TR | Enarson 246 | Swartz, Michael | 35181 

The history of Jewish mysticism from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on its implications for the comparative study of religious experience. 

Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2210, 2210H, 3210H, CompStd 2210, 2210H, Hebrew 2210, 3210, 2210H, 3210H, RelStds 2210, 3210, 2210H, or 3210H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in Hebrew and RelStds. 

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies | LEC | 10:20-11:15am MWF | Hagerty 180 | Brown, Steven G. | 25414 

A survey including at least three of the following philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism. 

GE lit and diversity global studies course. 

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies | LEC | 5:30-6:50pm TR | Journalism 371 | Todd DeRose | 28538 

A survey including at least three of the following philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism. 

GE lit and diversity global studies course. 

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AFAMST 2367.01 - 02 | African-American Voices in U.S. Literature | LEC | 11:10am-12:30pm WF | University Hall 286 | Dew, Spencer | 37182

Discussion, analysis, and writing about issues presented through the diverse voices of African American literature.

Prereq: English 1110. GE writing and comm: level 2 and lit and diversity soc div in the US course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course.

Students seeking credit toward the Religious Studies major or minor for African-American Voices in U.S. Literature are asked to contact Melissa Curley (curley.32).

RELSTDS 3678 | Religion and American Culture | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Mendenhall 175 | Dew, Spencer | 27823 

Thematic approach to the intersections of religion and American culture, with attention to varied topics such as pluralism, nationalism, race, gender, sexuality, law, media, science, economics, and popular culture. 2370 (270) recommended. 

Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for CompStd 3678. GE diversity soc div in the US course. 

RELSTDS 3680 | Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective | 2:20-3:40PM TR | University Hall 056 | Weiner, Isaac | 36448

Comparative, interdisciplinary approach to studying religion and law. Drawing on concrete cases, historical studies, and theoretical literature, the course explores how the relationship between religion and law has been configured differently in different liberal democracies, such as the U.S., France, and Israel, and what this might mean for contemporary debates.

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for History 3680. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld course. Cross-listed in History.