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Courses - Spring 2020
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with 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 course is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
RELS219A
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with: JWST225, HIST219I.
Credit only 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
Inventing Traditions: The Making of Rabbinic Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, SCIS
Cross-listed with: HIST281, JWST230.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduces the dramatic literary and cultural (as well as political and demographic) innovations that reshaped Judaism in late antiquity. Examines the fundamental works and genres of rabbinic literature and the religious movement that produced them. Special emphasis on the rabbinic uses of "tradition" to enhance authority and legitimacy, and to foster group identity.
Cross-listed with HIST281 and JWST230. Credit granted for HIST281, JWST230, or RELS219C.

Introduces the dramatic literary and cultural (as well as political and demographic) innovations that reshaped Judaism in late antiquity. Examines the fundamental works and genres of rabbinic literature and the religious movement that produced them. Special emphasis on the rabbinic uses of "tradition" to enhance authority and legitimacy, and to foster group identity.
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
RELS250
Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Cross-listed with JWST250, PHIL234.
Credit only granted for: JWST250, PHIL234, or RELS250.
A conceptional introduction to Judaism, analyzing its fundamental concepts from both analytical and historical perspectives. Discussion of "normative" Judaism as well as other conceptions of Judaism. Topics include: God, the Jewish people, authority, ethics, the sacred and the profane, particularism and universalism.
RELS289C
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
Cross-listed with: HIST289A.
Credit only granted for: HIST289A or RELS289C.
Cross-listed with HIST289A. Credit only granted for HIST289A or RELS289C.
RELS289I
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.
RELS319G
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Cinema and Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Crosslisted with FILM359R. Credit only granted for RELS319G or FILM359R.
RELS319N
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Introduction to American Indian Cultures of the U.S.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST328N and ANTH468F. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N.
RELS419B
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Indigenous Thought in the Americas
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST498K. Credit only granted for: AMST498K or RELS419B.

Relying exclusively upon indigenous authors, this course examines the philosophical-religious-intellectual views of the indigenous peoples of what Europeans call "the New World" -- and what indigenous peoples variously call "Abya Yala,""Anahuac," "Turtle Island," and "Mapu". We examine a variety of topics including: what it is like to be discovered, anthropologically studied, and scientifically objectified; genocide of native peoples; destruction and commodification of native cultures; internal colonialism; globalization; religion; philosophy; environmentalism; and the ethics of sports mascots. Authors will include Vine Deloria, Jr., Leroy Little Bear, V.F. Cordova, Huanani-Kay Trask, Evo Morales, Fausto Reinaga, George Tinker, Anne Waters, Kyle Powys Whyte, Brian Yazzie Burkhart, and Winona LaDuke (among others).
RELS419C
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; History and Memory in Medieval Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
RELS419R
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Tradition and Change:Jewish Religion in the Modern World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with JWST347 and HIST429X. Credit granted for JWST347, RELS419R, or HIST429X.

An exploration of the history of the different modern Jewish religious movements that developed in Europe, starting with messianic movements and ending with Reform and Orthodoxy. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of the academic study of Judaism on the development of modern Jewish religious ideologies and practices.
RELS499
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.