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JACKSON SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: COMPRTVE RELIGION

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RELIG 120 Yoga: Past and Present (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV
Studies yoga and its history, practice, literature, and politics. From the ancient past to modern yoga, studies essential texts and ideas, as well as the effects of class, religion, gender, nationalism, development, Marxism, colonialism, and physical culture on yoga. Offered: jointly with CHID 120; A.
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RELIG 145 Introduction to Judaism (5) I&S
Explores Judaism's sacred texts, holidays, and beliefs. Addresses Judaism's impact on society, culture, and politics. Through the lens of the Jewish experience, grapples with fundamental questions about the role of individuals and members of larger communities in an increasingly multicultural, religious, and interconnected world.
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RELIG 155 Heroes, Heretics, and Radicals: The Origins of Judaism and Christianity (5) I&S
Investigates the heroes, heretics, and radical pioneers of religious movements around the beginning of the Common Era (150 BCE-150 CE). Students learn to analyze primary sources, engage critically with secondary sources, and author their own historical narrative. Offered: W.
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RELIG 199 Study Abroad: Comparative Religion (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For participants in study abroad program. Specific course content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.
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RELIG 201 Introduction to World Religions: Western Traditions (5) I&S Wellman
History of religions, concentrating on religious traditions that have developed west of the Indus. Primary attention to the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and to their ancient world background with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.
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RELIG 202 Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions (5) I&S Novetzke, Pauwels
History of religions, concentrating on religions that have developed in South Asia and East Asia. Primary attention to Hinduism and Buddhism; other important Asian religions are discussed in relation to them, with emphasis on basic conceptual and symbolic structures.
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RELIG 220 Introduction to the New Testament (5) VLPA/I&S Williams
Modern scholarly methods of research and analysis in dealing with New Testament books and their interpretation. Genres of various books (gospel, epistle, sacred history, apocalypse); problems of the relationships among author, material, and intended audience; relationships between theme and image.
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RELIG 254 American Religions (5) I&S, DIV Wellman
Seeks to understand religious diversity in the American context and the varieties of religions in the American historical horizon including religious minorities, American Protestants, public religious expressions, and new American religions.
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RELIG 305 Religious Thought Since the Middle Ages (5) I&S
Development of religious thought in the West from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. History of focal ideas: God, man, knowledge, and authority during this period and the relation of changes in these ideas to the ways in which basic issues in religious thought have been conceived.
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RELIG 322 The Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth (5) I&S Williams
Gospel material from early Christianity, including both canonical and noncanonical gospels. Relation of gospels to analogous literature from the Hellenistic-Roman period.
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RELIG 325 Contemporary Judaism in a Global Context (5) I&S Pianko
Explores the dynamic interactions between contemporary social, political, and intellectual forces and today's changing religious landscape. Critical analysis of the ways n which religious ideologies and communities transform themselves in relationship to geographical contexts and historical processes. Examines Jews and Judaism as a lens for considering changes to religious life.
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RELIG 352 Hinduism (5) I&S Novetzke, Pauwels
Varieties of Hindu religious practice; the diverse patterns of religious thought and action among contemporary Hindus. Includes ritual behavior, village Hinduism, tantrism, sadhus, yoga, sects, the major gods and their mythologies, religious art, and the adjustments of Hinduism to modernity.
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RELIG 354 Buddhism (5) I&S Cox, Tokuno
Buddhism as a religious way and as a way of thinking; the forms of Buddhism known in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka) and those introduced from there to Tibet and other parts of Central Asia. Includes the "Three Jewels" (i.e., the Buddha or Awakened Person, the Teaching [Dharma], and Community [Sangha]) around which Buddhism is traditionally articulated.
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RELIG 399 Study Abroad - Comparative Religion (1-5, max. 15) I&S
For participants in study abroad program. Specific course content varies. Courses do not automatically apply to major/minor requirements.
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RELIG 408 The World of the Early Church (5) I&S Williams
Early Christian church within the context of the Greco-Roman sociopolitical, philosophical, and religious environment. Covers the period from about AD 100 to 300. Christian thinkers and documents studied include both the classical "orthodox" and the "heretical."
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RELIG 409 The Age of St. Augustine (5) I&S
Christian church in the fourth and fifth centuries as a major institution in the Roman Empire. Great figures of patristic theology, such as Athanasius, Gregory Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine.
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RELIG 412 Gnosticism and Early Christianity (5) I&S Williams
Impact of Gnosticism on the development of Christianity and several other religious groups of that period. Readings dating from the first through the third centuries AD.
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RELIG 413 Modern Christian Theology (5) I&S
Modern Protestant and Catholic thought since the nineteenth century: Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, Rahner, Lonergan, and other major figures.
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RELIG 456 Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism (5) VLPA, DIV Pauwels
Explores implications of the perception of a feminine divine for gender issues in South Asia. Includes historical overview of goddess worship in South Asia, mythologies, philosophical systems, cults, and rituals associated with the major goddesses, the phenomena of suttee, goddess possession, and women's goddess rituals at the village level.
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RELIG 459 Topics in the Buddhism of Tibet (3) I&S
Topics in the development of Buddhism of Tibet. Includes the relationship between reasoning and religious thought; the concept of a person; the formation of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism; the notion of lineage; the master-disciple relationship in the tantric tradition.
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RELIG 472 Seminar: Topics in Early Christianity (5) I&S Williams
Topics vary.
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RELIG 490 Special Topics in Comparative Religion (1-5, max. 15) I&S
Topics vary with each offering.
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RELIG 491 Seminar: Topics and Issues in Judaism (5) I&S
Topics vary.
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RELIG 493 Honors Thesis (5) I&S
Required course for Comparative Religion honors students.
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RELIG 497 Field Archaeology (1-10, max. 20)
Professionally-guided archaeological fieldwork at a recognized archeological dig in the United States or abroad. Offered: S.
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RELIG 501 Approaches to the Study of Religion (5)
Major approaches employed by modern scholarship in the study of religion, including historical, phenomenological, anthropological, sociological, and psychological. Prerequisite: admission to the comparative religion MAIS program or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
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RELIG 502 Religion in Comparative Perspective (5, max. 15)
Analysis of selected theme or symbols in relation to several different religious traditions. Topics vary. Prerequisite: admission to the comparative religion MAIS program or permission of instructor. Offered: W.
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RELIG 504 Religion and Culture (5)
Study of the relations between religion and culture, with attention to the role of religion in defining conceptions of order and grounding socio-political and artistic traditions.
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RELIG 520 Seminar On Early Christianity (5) Williams
Problems in the history and literature of early Christianity.
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RELIG 528 Christian Theology (5)
Study of exemplary figures in the history of Christian religious thought. Prerequisite: JSIS B 413.
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RELIG 580 Seminar in Hinduism Studies (5) Pauwels
Introduction to the academic study of Hinduism for graduate students. Examines major problems currently addressed in the academic study of Hinduism and the methods used. Provides a historical perspective on past scholarship. Offered: jointly with ASIAN 580.
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RELIG 590 Special Topics (2-5, max. 15)
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Course content varies.
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RELIG 598 Colloquium in Comparative Religion (1, max. 6)
Required colloquium for graduate students in comparative religion program. Introduction to faculty research and to major methods and disciplines in the study of religion. Credit/no-credit only.
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