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Courses - Spring 2019
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: CLAS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
RELS219A
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as HIST219I and JWST225. Credit granted for JWST225, HIST219I, or RELS219A.

Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
RELS219C
Special Topics in Religious Studies; The Rabbinic Movement: History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST281 and JWST230. Credit granted for HIST281, JWST230 JWST230, or RELS219C.

Introduction to the Rabbinic movement and its history, first to seventh century CE. Survey of the essential texts of ancient Rabbinic literature, both halakhic (legal) and aggadic (non-legal).
RELS219G
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Archaeology and History of Palestine: Neolithic to Muhammad
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This class covers the history and archaeology of the Southern Levant, and surrounding regions, from before the time of the earliest cities to the arrival of Islam. Introduction to the discipline of archaeology, both in general, and as a means to investigate the important cultural, political, social, and religious developments that shaped this part of the Mediterranean world.
RELS219K
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Reformers, Radicals, and Revolutionaries: The Middle East in the Twentieth Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST245 and ARAB298K. Credit granted for HIST245, ARAB298K, or RELS219K.

The 20th century was a period of dramatic changes in the Middle East. Within the global context of the two World Wars and the Cold War, countries in the region struggled with the effects of colonialism and painful processes of decolonization. The course offers a thematic-comparative approach to issues such as social and political reform, nationalism, the colonial experience, independence struggles, models of governance, political violence, and Islamism. Course lectures and the analysis and discussion of primary sources will lead students to understand that the peoples of the Middle East found answers to the challenges posed by Western dominance based on their specific historical, cultural and socio-economic circumstances.
RELS289C
New Explorations in Religious Studies; Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain: Tolerance, Oppression, and the Problematic Past
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as HIST289A. Credit only granted for HIST289A or RELS289C.

For 800 years, medieval Spain was home to one of the most religiously diverse societies in European history, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived and worked closely together. In the modern era, this period has been held up both as a model of successful interreligious harmony, and as a case study in religious discrimination and exclusion. Can the example of the Spanish past really teach us how to build-or how not to build-a society that embraces religious difference?
RELS289I
What is Religion?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVCC, SCIS
Draws upon examples from a wide variety of religious traditions to explore the question of what religion is and how to best understand it. Engagement with diverse approaches to religion including phenomenology and the study of "the sacred"; sociology and the study of religious communities; and questions of religious experience, ritual, and identity formation.
RELS343
The European Reformations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST112 or HIST111; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: HIST333.
Credit only granted for: HIST333 or RELS343.
Examination of developments in European religion between 1450 and 1700; the late-medieval Church and its critics; rise of Protestant thought in Germany and its spread throughout Europe; reform efforts in the Catholic Church; religious wars and violence and their impact on state and society; consequences of religious reform in society and its impact on the family and women.
Also offered as HIST333. Credit granted for HIST333 or RELS343.
RELS370
Ancient Greek Religion: Gods, Myths, Temples
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: CLAS330.
Credit only granted for: CLAS330 or RELS370.
Survey of Greek religious ideas and practices as they evolve from the Bronze Age to the early Christian period.
For Spring 2019: Also offered as HIST328V and CLAS330. Credit only granted for CLAS330, HIST328V, or RELS370.
RELS419A
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Islamic Memory: The Prophet Mohammed and the Founding Generation of Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST429Y. Credit granted for RELS419A or HIST429Y.
RELS499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud