Theories & Methods in the Study of Religion RELST-UA.1 (Same as ANTH-UA.11), Oliphant
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm. Class #19807. 4 Pts. Location TBD
Exposes students to fundamental theoretical and methodological issues in the academic study of religion. We will read a number of classic works and authors (Durkheim, Weber, Freud, Marx, James, etc.) while also examining their legacy and continuing influence upon the field of religious studies. In addition to familiarizing students with a variety of approaches to understanding religion (as a social phenomenon, an "experience", and a body of lived practices), the course gives attention to the construction of the category of "religion", ethical issues involved in the study of religion, and issues and topics (gender, secularism, pluralism, postcolonialism, etc.) profoundly affecting our changing understanding of religion today. Students are given an opportunity to encounter and test an assortment of the main scholarly approaches to understanding and interpreting religious phenomena, including psychological, sociological, anthropological, and hermeneutical perspectives.
Of Miracles, Events, and Special Effects RELST-UA.97, De Vries
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm. Class #19810. 4 Pts. Location TBD
Zionism and the State of Israel RELST-UA.180 (Same as HBRJD-UA.180), Engel
Monday, Wednesday 12:30pm-1:45pm. Class #20251. 4 Pts. Location TBD
Seminar: Vampires, Zombies, & Other Monsters RELST-UA.270, Zito
Wednesday 11:00am-1:45pm. Class #19809. 4 Pts. 726 Broadway Rm. 542
Intro to Ancient Indian Literature RELST-UA.335, Illieva
Tuesday 4:55pm-7:35pm. Class #11271. 4 Pts. KEVO LL2
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with the great works of the ancient Indian literary tradition, a major part of which was written in Sanskrit. The earliest form of that language, called Vedic Sanskrit, is the language of the Vedic hymns, especially those of the Rig Veda. Sanskrit has had an unbroken literary tradition for over 3,000 years. This rich and vast literary, religious, and philosophical heritage is introduced in this course. In addition, students work with excerpts from the Jain and Buddhist canons written in Prakrits and examples of Tamil poetry. Selections from the Vedic literature, classical drama, epics, story literature, and lyric poetry are studied in English translation.
Living a Good Life: Greek and Jewish Perspectives RELST-UA.422, Instructor
Monday, Wednesday 11:00am-12:15pm. Class #11385. 4 Pts. Location TBD
What makes a life well-lived? Central questions to be explored will include: Does living well require acquiring knowledge and wisdom? What is the place of moral responsibility in the good life? Is the good life, a happy life or does it require sacrificing happiness? Does religion lead to living well or does it hinder it? What is friendship and how does it contribute to the good life? Study of primary texts by the following thinkers: Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Avot, Maimonides, Spinoza, and Hermann Cohen.
American Religion RELST-UA.480 (Same as HIST-UA.480)
Monday, Wednesday 9:30am-10:45am. Class #10818 4 Pts. Location TBD
This course surveys the role of religious figures and movements in the historical development of the United States, from the national founding to the late twentieth century. This course explores the various ways in which religion and national identity have been continually constructed and contested in relation to one another. Not a comprehensive enumeration of all religious expressions, the course selectively treats particular religious formations that came to influence U.S. American culture, society, and politics. Topics will include: disestablishment and church-state relations; revivalism and social activism; race and religion; women’s religious leadership; atheism, freethought, and skepticism; pluralism and religious liberalism; religion and science; immigration and nativism; and religious conservatism and politics.
Islam and Politics RELST-UA.674 (Same as MEIS-UA.___), Instructor TBD
Day Time. Class #19855. 4 Pts. Location TBD
The Quran and its Interpretation RELST-UA.781 (Same as MEIS-UA.___), Instructor TBD
Monday, Wednesday 3:30pm-4:45pm. Class #19854. 4 Pts. Location TBD
Intro to Buddhism RELST-UA.832 (Same as EAST-UA.___), Instructor TBD
Tuesday, Thursday 3:30pm-4:45pm. Class #10107. 4 Pts. Location TBD
An introduction to this complex religion, emphasizing its history, teachings, and practices. Discusses its doctrinal development in India, then emphasizes certain local practices: Buddhism and the family in China; Buddhism, language, and hierarchy in Japan; the politics of Buddhist Tibet; and Buddhist art. Finally, the course touches on Buddhism in the United States.
Virgins, Martyrs, Monks & Saints: Early Christianity RELST-UA.846 (Same as CLASS-UA.___), Becker
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am-10:45am. Class #19808. 4 Pts. Location TBD
Permission required. Class #9478. 1-4 pts. Staff.
Independent Study RELST-UA.997
Permission required. Class #9479. 1-4 pts. Staff.
COURSES ABROAD APPLICABLE TO THE MAJOR OR MINOR
NYU Prague - Religion, Culture, & Politics in Century Europe RELST-UA.9360, Mucha
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:20pm. Class #2472. 4 Pts.
NYU London - What is Islam? RELST-UA.9085, Wirtz
Monday 1:00pm-4:00pm. Class #20764. 4 Pts.