Usually a category of religious phenomena, such as religious experience, mysticism, the nature of deities; or the role and status of persons; healing in religious traditions; sectarian groups; major thinkers or movements; or themes and approaches in the study of religion. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
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Fall Semester informationSu Jung Kim
370A: Adv Tps: Buddhism and Gender
This course covers the role of Buddhism in lives of women in Asia and gender as a category of analysis for the study of Buddhism. Although the academic study of Buddhism and gender and women studies in Asia have become established fields of inquiry, there have been relatively few attempts to examine the Buddhist impact on women or other cultural influence on Buddhist attitudes toward women. In this course, we examine the images of the feminine in Indian Buddhism, role expectations of and ideals about Buddhist nuns and laywomen, attitudes toward women in Asian religious traditions, and finally the varieties of Buddhist ideals about women as well as the roles women played in Buddhism in Asia.
370B: Adv Tps: History of Satan
Since antiquity, writers have attempted to understand and define the idea of evil by giving it a voice. This course investigates the origins, development and significance of personified evil--Satan--from earliest appearances in the Hebrew Bible, second-temple writings, early Christian and rabbinic literature, and the Qur'an and other early Islamic sources, through Medieval and Renaissance literature to our own day. Through temptation narratives, morality dramas, cultural satires, and Faustian dilemmas, explorations of "the Adversary" have yielded some of the most compelling stories and characters ever imagined. In this course students will become familiar with the history and breadth of Satan's role as a character (or merely background presence) in literature while developing close-reading techniques for literary analysis that can be applied across diverse eras, forms, and genres. Students will be asked to strengthen their critical reading, writing, and speaking skills and to consider how our class topic can help illuminate aspects of our present-day culture and its history.
Spring Semester informationLeslie James
370A: Adv Tps:Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation: The Making of the Modern World
An exploration of the multifaceted and enduring impact of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation in the making of the modern world. The course, a short and long term view of Luther and the Reformation, interprets the event as a conjunctive moment that reconfigured his world, Europe, and helped to birth the modern world. One of the major goals of the course is to track the deployment of the concept of "protest" from Luther and the Reformation to the present. Themes to be explored include: Luther's process of self-negotiation, interpretation of Christianity and freedom, the splintering of Christendom, recasting ecclesial authority, religion, media, and biblical dissemination, Christian hymnody, the birth of the modern nation state, denominationalism and modern religious pluralism, and the struggle for civil and human rights.