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REL 370

Advanced Topics in Religion

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.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Spring Semester information

Su Jung Kim

370A: Adv Tps:Buddhism & Gender

Adv Tps:Buddhism & 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.

Fall Semester information

Jeffrey Kenney

370A: Tps: New Religious Movements

This course will explore the idea and emergence of new religious movements (NRMs) over the past several centuries worldwide. Sometimes called alternative religions, NRMs represent a division of the study of religion intended to focus on religious groups that are seen as or define themselves as counter-cultural or somehow in-tension with mainstream religions and society--what in the past were labeled "sects" and "cults." Designed as a collaborative research-based course, we will spend 4-5 weeks reading about theories and ideas related to the formation of NRMs, and then we will form interactive research pods (2-3 students) that focus on specific NRMs and help the class address questions such as: Why do they emerge? Who joins them? What are the common characteristics/traits of NRMs? Why have they grown in number? What do they say about mainstream religions/religiosity?

Spring Semester information

Jason Fuller

370A: Adv Tps: Religion in Contemporary India