Religious Studies

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2017

RELG207 Classical Islam Sections

The history and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500; the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

A history and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500, this course examines the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.
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Winter 2016

RELG210 History of Christianity I (1st C. C.E. - 14th C. C.E.) Sections

An introduction to the history of Christianity from the post-Biblical period to the colonial expansion of Christianity under Spain and Portugal.

A survey of the history of the Christian church from the close of post-Biblical period, through the Middle Ages to the colonial expansion under Spain and Portugal.
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Winter 2016

RELG315 History of Christian Thought Sections

Selected topics with special emphasis on doctrinal change and development, orthodoxy and heresy, tradition and authority, and Church and State in the Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, and Modern periods.

A survey of the history of the Christian church from the close of the period of the New Testament to the present day, this course deals with a variety of Patristic writers in the eastern and western traditions of Christianity followed by a sample of medieval and Reformation writers and concludes with a few modern examples, influenced by the renewed interest in patristic resources. In the patristic period there are some significant shifts of perspective to be noted. Authors to be examined include Perpetua, Origen, Arius, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Adolph von Harnack, Karl Barth, and Yves Congar. Modern studies have been selected to demonstrate the contribution of research in the earlier resources have contributed to creative reassessment of Christian perspectives.
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Winter 2016

RELG316 The Origins of Christianity: Literary Contexts Sections

The origins of Christianity as reflected in the New Testament and contemporaneous literature.

The origins of Christianity as reflected in the New Testament and contemporaneous literature.
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Winter 2016

RELG317 The Origins of Christianity: Social, Religious, and Political Milieux Sections

The origins of Christianity as reflected in early Christian literature of the first and early second centuries (including the New Testament).

The origins of Christianity as reflected in early Christian literature of the first and early second centuries (including the New Testament).
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Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.
Winter 2016

RELG321 Prophetic Figures in the Christian Tradition Sections

Examined in their historical context and in terms of their continuing significance. Selection will vary from year to year, but may include Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and Teresa of Avila.

A formal consideration of four major figures with discussions of other examples decided upon by instructor and students. The required texts include autobiographical texts, a formal theological text, and polemical essays. They are The Confessions by Augustine, Summa Theologiae (selections) by Thomas Aquinas, The Babylonian Captivity, and The Freedom of the Christian by Martin Luther and The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila.
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Winter 2016

RELG328 Medieval Philosophy Sections

Survey of Western European thought from Augustine to the fourteenth century. Possible topics and authors include: Augustine; Abelard; the influence of Islam; the rediscovery of Aristotle; Aquinas; Scotus; Ockham.


Winter 2016

RELG331 Medieval Jewish History Sections

The political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Jews from the time of the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the expulsion of professing Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century.


Winter 2016

RELG335 Jewish Law Sections

History, sources, theoretical issues and current state of research about early Jewish legal traditions, focusing on close readings of classic primary texts in English translations.

History, sources, theoretical issues and current state of research about early Jewish legal traditions, focusing on close readings of classic primary texts.
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Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.
Winter 2016
No RELG course(s) were found for W2016 term.
Winter 2016

RELG341 Art and Architecture in the Islamic World Sections

A thematic study of visual arts, architecture, and objects from the Islamic world.

This course provides a detailed study of the ideals and artistic embellishments of monuments and artifacts in the Muslim world as expressions of Islamic beliefs. The geographical coverage concentrates on the Middle East in its broadest sense (the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey) and expands through North Africa into Spain to address specific regional developments. Study begins with the artistic and religious heritage of the indigenous cultures in these regions immediately prior to Islam, and stresses developments from the rise of Islam (622 AD, AH 1) to the period of Ottoman control of the Middle East (ca. 1516-1798, AH 922-1213). Cross listed as Art History 351.
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Winter 2016

RELG408 Topics in Medieval Judaism Sections

The work of Maimonides and other Jewish philosophers, early developments in Jewish mysticism, the Jews as a minority culture in Islamic and Christian lands.

The work of Maimonides and other Jewish philosophers, early development of Jewish mysticism, the Jews as a minority culture in Islamic and Christian lands.
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Winter 2016

RELG448 Seminar in the History of the Religion of Islam Sections

A topic relevant to the study of Islam as a religion: e.g., the text and doctrines of the Qur'an; the Hadith (or Traditions) of the Prophet; Islamic Law; mysticism in Islam; the Shi'ah and the Isma'ilis. Not offered every year. Consult the departmental brochure for the topic to be offered.

This course addresses a topic relevant to the study of Islam as a religion, such as: the texts and doctrines of the Qur'an; the Hadith (or Traditions) of the prophet; Islamic Law; mysticism; the Chi'ah and the Isma'ilis.
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Winter 2016

RELG485 Images of Eve Sections

The story of Adam and Eve, and its influence on the role and image of women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The story of Adam and Eve, and its influence on the role and image of women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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Courses Offered in Other Terms

RELG207

A history and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500, this course examines the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

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RELG210

A survey of the history of the Christian church from the close of post-Biblical period, through the Middle Ages to the colonial expansion under Spain and Portugal.

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RELG315

A survey of the history of the Christian church from the close of the period of the New Testament to the present day, this course deals with a variety of Patristic writers in the eastern and western traditions of Christianity followed by a sample of medieval and Reformation writers and concludes with a few modern examples, influenced by the renewed interest in patristic resources. In the patristic period there are some significant shifts of perspective to be noted. Authors to be examined include Perpetua, Origen, Arius, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Adolph von Harnack, Karl Barth, and Yves Congar. Modern studies have been selected to demonstrate the contribution of research in the earlier resources have contributed to creative reassessment of Christian perspectives.

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RELG316

The origins of Christianity as reflected in the New Testament and contemporaneous literature.

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RELG317

The origins of Christianity as reflected in early Christian literature of the first and early second centuries (including the New Testament).

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RELG320

See LATN 305 (Medieval Latin).

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RELG321

A formal consideration of four major figures with discussions of other examples decided upon by instructor and students. The required texts include autobiographical texts, a formal theological text, and polemical essays. They are The Confessions by Augustine, Summa Theologiae (selections) by Thomas Aquinas, The Babylonian Captivity, and The Freedom of the Christian by Martin Luther and The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila.

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RELG328

See PHIL 313

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RELG331

See HIST 341

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RELG335

History, sources, theoretical issues and current state of research about early Jewish legal traditions, focusing on close readings of classic primary texts.

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RELG336

History, sources, theoretical issues and current state of resarch about later Jewish legal traditions, focusing on close readings of classic primary texts.

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RELG340

This course introduces the history, beliefs, institutions, and literature of the Islamic world in its major religious and cultural dimensions. The development of classical Islamic institutions and ideas is emphasized as well as diverse forms of Islamic religious and cultural life over the past fourteen centuries. A major purpose of the course is to provide participants with a better and deeper understanding of the Islamic past and, through this, the Islamic world today.

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RELG341

This course provides a detailed study of the ideals and artistic embellishments of monuments and artifacts in the Muslim world as expressions of Islamic beliefs. The geographical coverage concentrates on the Middle East in its broadest sense (the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Turkey) and expands through North Africa into Spain to address specific regional developments. Study begins with the artistic and religious heritage of the indigenous cultures in these regions immediately prior to Islam, and stresses developments from the rise of Islam (622 AD, AH 1) to the period of Ottoman control of the Middle East (ca. 1516-1798, AH 922-1213). Cross listed as Art History 351.

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RELG408

The work of Maimonides and other Jewish philosophers, early development of Jewish mysticism, the Jews as a minority culture in Islamic and Christian lands.

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RELG448

This course addresses a topic relevant to the study of Islam as a religion, such as: the texts and doctrines of the Qur’an; the Hadith (or Traditions) of the prophet; Islamic Law; mysticism; the Chi’ah and the Isma’ilis.

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RELG485

The story of Adam and Eve, and its influence on the role and image of women in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Winter 2016

RELG101 Introduction to the Western (Abrahamic) Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Sections

An overview of the three main western monotheistic (Abrahamic) religions, together with the concepts used in studying religion, The focus will be on the origins and representative texts along with some historical development and current experience of each religion.

RELG201 Near Eastern and Biblical Mythology Sections

An introduction to Near Eastern mythology, including Mesopotamian myths and the Biblical myths recorded in Genesis 1 to 11.

RELG203 Scriptures of the Near East Sections

An introduction to the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

RELG207 Classical Islam Sections

The history and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500; the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

RELG208 Modern Islam Sections

The history and culture, values, and socio-political movements of the Islamic world from 1500 to the modern day; the interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in modern Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

RELG306 Archaeology and the Bible Sections

The impact of archaeological research on understanding the history and religion of ancient Israel.

RELG307 Sex, Lies, and Violence in the Hebrew Bible Sections

An exploration of the Bible's "dark side," with emphasis on texts that center on sex, deceit, and murder.

RELG414 The Gospels and the Historical Jesus Sections

The canonical and apocryphal gospels and the life and teachings of the historical Jesus.

RELG475A Topics in Religion - TPCS IN RELIGION Sections

Consult the course registration information each year for offered topics.

RELG475D Topics in Religion - TPCS IN RELIGION Sections

Consult the course registration information each year for offered topics.

RELG480A Women and Religion - WOMEN & RELIGION Sections

A study of the roles of women in the literature of one or more religious traditions.

RELG500C Topics in Biblical Studies - BIBLICAL STUDIES Sections

Studies in the history, literature, canon and text, and the religious thought of the Old and New Testaments. This includes the study of the cultural and religious milieu out of which these documents arose. Such studies require a competence in the canonical languages (Biblical Hebrew and/or Koine Greek), usually achieved by not less than two years of study.

RELG502B Topics in Judaism - TOPICS JUDAISM Sections

Studies in the texts (in translation), history, and religious thought of Judaism after the close of the Biblical Period.

RELG514D Topics in Islam - TOPICS IN ISLAM Sections

Studies in the literature (in translation), history, and religious thought of Islam in Western Asia and North Africa from its inception to the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

RELG548 Major Essay Sections

RELG649 Doctoral Dissertation Sections