Theories & Methods in the Study of Religion RELST-GA.1001 (Same as ANTH-GA.1001), Zito
Wednesday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #3075. 4pts. 726 Broadway, Room 542. Department consent required
Students explore fundamental theoretical and methodological issues for the academic study of religion, including some of the more important theories of the origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Students cover psychological, sociological, anthropological, dialectical, post-colonial and feminist approaches, as well as some problems for the study of religion today: secularization theory and the intersection of religion and media. Departmental permission required.
Religion and Modernity RELST-GA.1638 (Same as MEIS-GA.1860), Alatas
Tuesday 4:45pm-7:35pm. Class #21965. 4pts. Silver Rm. 407.
What is the relationship between the political and the religious under the condition of modernity? How are both domains constituted and distinguished? What processes led to the emergence of the “secular” as an epistemic category? What kinds of epistemic and practical negotiations are involved in the modern constitution of the “secular” and the “religious”? These are the basic questions explored in this course. Because modernity and the secular is so much part of our modern life, it is not so easy to grasp it directly. Consequently, in this seminar, we will pursue and consider the origins and grounds of the purported secularity of some preeminent modern institutions, namely (1) knowledge, literature, and the University, (2) the state, and (3) the law, focusing particularly on their treatment of, and engagement with “the religious.” The principal aim of the seminar is to reflect on religion, modernity, and the question of the secular from a perspective that is historically deeper and categorically broader than the one prescribed by the usual set of well-circulated texts on the subject. We begin by exploring theories and narratives of modernization and secularization offered by leading scholars in the field. We then move on to consider different sites of modern secularity. We look at Euro-American formations of secular modernity and modern management of religion in other parts of the world.
Topics: Religion after 1492 RELST-GA.1760 (Same as ANTH-GA.3390), Oliphant
Monday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #3469. 4pts. 726 Broadway, Room 542.
This course will examine the difference that 1492 has made in religious lives of people around the world. We will begin by exploring the religious context that had settled in Europe in the decades preceding 1492, and Christian apocalyptic visions that launched Christopher Columbus’s voyages across the Atlantic. In so doing, we will address debates about whether the theologies that informed these voyages and their aftermath were religious, secular, or humanist. We will then explore important variations in Catholic and Protestant Empires and the specific theologies through which they understood and legitimated conquest, expropriation, and enslavement. Finally, we will explore how pre-existing cosmologies in Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean have responded to the radical rupture of 1492 and how converted Christian populations have refused a Christianity informed by white supremacist violence, powerfully calling for new Christian forms.
M.A. Thesis Research RELST-GA.2901, Staff
Class #2833. 4pts. Permission Required.
Directed Study- Christianity RELST-GA.2921, Staff
Class #2834. 1-4pts. Permission Required.
Directed Study- Judaism RELST-GA.2931, Staff
Class #2835. 1-4pts. Permission Required.
Directed Study- Islam RELST-GA.2941, Staff
Class #2836. 1-4pts. Permission Required.
Directed Study- Asian Religion RELST-GA.2951, Staff
Class #2837. 1-4pts. Permission Required.
Directed Study- Philosophy of Religion RELST-GA.2961, Staff
Class #2838. 1-4pts.
Directed Study- Topics in Religion RELST-GA.2971, Staff
Class #3032. 1-4pts. Permission Required.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE MA PROGRAM
Jewish Bible, Text and Artifact: From Ancient to Modern Times
Tuesday, 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #21954. 3pts. Silver Rm. 514.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION
Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I (Literary Reporting)
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm. Class #2666. 4pts. 20 Cooper Sq, Rm. 761.
Introduction to Literary Reportage JOUR-GA.2048, Boynton
Thursday, 10:00am-1:00pm. Class #3052. 4pts. 20 Cooper Sq, Rm. 657.