Theories & Methods in the Study of Religion RELST-GA.1001, Becker
Wednesday 2:00pm-4:45pm. Class #3651. 4 Pts. Online
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.
Intro to the Qu'ran RELST-GA.1609 (Same as MEIS-GA.1609), Katz
Tuesday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #20968. 4 Pts. Online
This course is an introduction to the content and interpretation of the Qur’an, as well as to the ways in which it functions in Islamic ritual and practice. We will read selections from the Qur’an in English translation and examine the history of its interpretation over the centuries. We will then look at some of the trends in Qur’anic exegesis (including modernist, radical, and feminist interpretation) that have emerged in modern times. We will use anthropological studies, narrative and film to examine how the Qur’an is studied and experienced in different communities.
Topics: Wittgenstein: Ethics and Mysticism, Religion and Aesthetics RELST-GA.1760 (Same as GERM-GA.2610), de Vries
Tuesday 12:35pm-3:15pm. Class #20352. 4 Pts. Online
This seminar will investigate Wittgenstein's approaches to ethics and mysticism, religion and aesthetics, and compare and contrast these with those of his contemporaries and later interpreters. Starting out from the “Lecture on Ethics,” presented to the Heretics Society in Cambridge and then again to members of the Vienna Circle between September 1929 and December 1930, in which Wittgenstein also addressed the question of miracles, we will discuss his other relevant writings, notably the earlier Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and later Philosophical Investigations as well. But the aforementioned lecture will serve are our guide as it stands out for many reasons. We will seek to reconstruct its overall argument, discuss several remarkable parallels with thinkers such as Martin Heidegger, and assess its undiminished actuality for us, as a modern form of so-called "spiritual exercise," here and now.
Readings will include Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Elizabeth Anscombe, C.S. Lewis, Pierre Hadot, Hilary Putnam, Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, Jim Conant, Martin Stokhof, Veena Das, Sandra Laugier, Eli Friedlander, and others.
Seminar: Theorizing Mobility RELST-GA.2467 (Same as MEIS-GA.1770), Alatas Syllabus
Tuesday 4:55pm-7:45pm. Class #20970. 4 Pts. Online
Today's world is as being in constant motion. People, commodities, ideas, images, and ideas flow in different directions across the planet. Mobility refers to the ideologies, imaginaries, and policies of movement, to infrastructures and embodied practices of physical movement. Mobility is also related to stasis, forms of settlement, sedentary ideologies, and immobilization. Scholars have attempted to make sense of these altered or intensified spatial and temporal realities, while others have drawn our attention to the historical precedents of contemporary globalization. Multiple concepts are deployed to comprehend mobility, including globalization, transnationalism, deterritorialization, time-space compression, network society, space of flows, and cosmopolitanism. This course examines different forms of mobility, from migration, capital flows, and tourism to pilgrimage, jihad, and imperialism. It draws on a thematically and geographically diverse set of theoretical, historical, and ethnographic texts to explore the analytical purchase of mobility/immobility as a conceptual and methodological framework to study human sociality. the course asks what analytic possibilities are opened when we use mobility as a lens to comprehend empire, capitalism, religion, culture, and history.
M.A. Thesis Research RELST-GA 2901
Class # 3389. 4 Pts.
Directed Study - Christianity RELST-GA 2921
Class #3390. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Judaism RELST-GA 2931
Class # 3391. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Islam RELST-GA 2941
Class # 3392; 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Asian Religion RELST-GA 2951
Class # 3393. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Philosophy of Religion RELST-GA 2961
Class # 3394. 1-4 Pts.
Directed Study - Topics in Religion RELST-GA 2971
Class #3603. 1-4 Pts.
COURSES APPLICABLE TO THE JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION
Writing, Research, and Reporting Workshop I (Literary Reporting) JOUR-GA.1021, Featherstone
Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm. Class #3204. 4 Pts. In-Person, 20 CS 750
Workshop I is taken the first semester; Workshop II, the second semester. Provides a foundation in the principles and practices of basic news reporting. Includes lectures on reporting principles and techniques, study of specialized areas of reporting, and completion of increasingly challenging in-class assignments. Students use New York City as a laboratory to gather and report actual news events outside the classroom. A special section of Workshop I is offered for students in the cultural reporting and criticism concentration. A special section of Workshop II is offered for students in the Business and Economic Reporting Program.
Introduction to Literary Reportage JOUR-GA.2048
Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm. Class #3624. 4 Pts. In-person, CANT 102
The goal of this course is to help you create a distinctive body of work and, eventually, a capstone piece of literary reportage. It has three basic components. First, it will guide you through the research, reporting and thinking to refine and focus the project you will begin in Portfolio I. Second, it will introduce you to some of the authors, editors and publications of the genre. Third, it will familiarize you with some of the journalistic strategies you will use in your own work.