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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.
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.
RELS319M
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Lyrics of Mystical Love: Rumi, Song of Songs, and St. Teresa of Avila to Mirabai and Manhae
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PERS398M and CMLT398G. Credit granted for PERS398M, RELS319M, or CMLT398G.

A journey through the mystical love poetry of some of the world's most important Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist mystical poets. Close reading of these poetic masterpieces alongside modern studies of mysticism and mystical poetry by scholars of literature, religious studies, and cognitive science. Taught in English.
RELS319N
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Introduction to American Indian Cultures of the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST328N and ANTH468F. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N.

This course surveys the cultures and the historical and contemporary struggles of indigenous peoples of the United States, with a focus on understanding and contrasting the sacred worldviews of indigenous peoples of the U.S. and beyond with the worldviews of both western science and Christianity. It challenges participants to learn more about these worldviews--and about their own worldviews and identities-- through a life-history-based, ethnographic research approach as well as through course readings and class activities and discussions.
RELS343
The European Reformations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 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
Contact department for information to register for this course.