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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2003

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    Religious Studies Courses

344-10300 Hebrew Scriptures   HU LA 3a, h

    This course treats the books of the Bible critically as literature, as religious and moral texts, and as a source of sociological knowledge. This course surveys the biblical literature, acquaints the students with critical methods for the study of the Bible, situates the Bible within the literature and culture of the ancient Near East, and discusses the religion of ancient Israel. Deals with questions of history and archaeology, and with questions of meaning -- what the biblical text meant to its ancient readers, and what meanings it has today. Cross-listed with 340-10300. Students may not receive credit for both 344-10300 and 340-10300. 3 credits. (F,Y)

344-10400 Introduction to the New Testament   HU LA

    A survey of the life and teaching of Jesus, and major themes in the Pauline Epistles and the Book of Revelation. 3 credits. (IRR)

344-10500 Introduction to World Religions: Indigenous and Eastern   HU LA 1a, h, g

    Examination of methods in the study of religion and the meaning of ritual, myth, and symbols as applied to Native American and other primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism. Ideas of divinity, methods of liberation, life after death, attitudes toward nature, ways of living in society, and world views are studied in each tradition and then compared. 3 credits. (F,Y)

344-10600 Introduction to World Religions: Western and Modern   HU LA 1b, h, g

    Study of the historical and theological dimensions of the three major Western religious traditions. Ideas of God and prophecy, angels and sages, messiahs, rabbis, and Sufis are examined in a comparative approach to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. Various methodological approaches to the study of religion are surveyed and applied to our interpretation of the traditions. Also explored are the primal worlds of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim storytelling, from the foundational scriptures (Bible and Koran) through later texts exemplifying the fundamental values of each tradition. Also considered is the encounter between these traditions and the critiques of secular modernity (Freud, Marx, Nietzsche), raising the question of the contemporary meaning of religion in the West. 3 credits. (S,Y)

344-17500, 344-17600 Selected Topics in Religion   HU LA

    Topics to be determined according to teacher and student interest. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. 3 credits. (IRR)

344-20100 Religion and Culture   HU LA 1a

    Study of the mutual relations between religion and culture. The course explores the religious dimension of art, music, and literature, and considers the way religious symbols influence cultural movements; contrasts religious symbols as the basis for cultural values with religious symbols as a countercultural critique of majority norms. Students study both Western and non-Western examples, such as African-American spirituals, Handel's Messiah, European cathedrals, and Buddhist meditation practices. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above, or one course in religious studies. 3 credits. (O)

344-20200 Religion and Society   HU LA 1a, h, g

    Studies the interrelationships between religion and society. Major themes include examination of how religions influence social and political systems, how economic and historical factors affect religious dynamics, and how social scientists study religion today. It is a multicultural study of diverse societies. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above, or one course in religion. 3 credits. (E)

344-20300 Judaism   HU LA 1a, 1b, g

     An introduction to Judaism, with a focus on theology, ethics, and ritual practice. Readings include selected texts from the biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. Theological and ethical issues include God, good and evil, covenant, death and afterlife, justice, and social responsibility. The course examines how these Jewish understandings are lived out through practices associated with birth and death, marriage and commitment, sexuality, and the life of study, prayer, and devotion. Cross-listed with 340-20300. Students may not receive credit for both 344-20300 and 340-20300. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (S,Y)

344-20400 Christianity   HU LA

    A survey of the Gospel accounts of Jesus, and the historical development of Christianity, including major theological themes and issues. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (O)

344-20600 The Problem of Evil   HU LA

    See 314-20600. (Y)

344-20700 Death and Immortality   HU LA 1a, h

    A look at various experiences surrounding death and their symbolic significance. Seen as an integral aspect of life rather than as an unwelcome end, death and grieving become initiations into a deeper sense of life. Includes a study of symbolism hidden in myths of afterlife, and how we can grapple with the threat of nuclear war. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (Y)

344-20900 Reason, Religion, and God: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion   HU LA 1a

    See 314-20900. (Y)

344-22100 Religion and Depth Psychology   HU LA

    A study of Freudian, Jungian, humanistic, and transpersonal psychologies with respect to issues in religion. Topics for study include dream theory, the individuation process, psychological types, self-actualization, peak and plateau experiences, death, psychological aspects of worship, values, the psychology of meditation, and levels of consciousness. Students are encouraged to keep a dream notebook and must submit a term paper based on it or some suitable research topic. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (O)

344-25200 Introduction to Mysticism   HU LA

    Drawing from the mysticism of world religions, focuses on the mystical process (i.e., what happens to the mystic on his or her journey to "deepest reality") and the ways to reach this goal. Topics include stages of the mystical path, voices and visions, love or bridal mysticism, meditation and contemplation, and mysticism in the world of action, science, and the occult. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (E)

344-25500 Religions in America   HU LA

    A sociohistorical survey of the varieties of religions in North America, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, new religious movements, and religions of various ethnic groups, such as Native American religions and African American religions. Emphasizes the role religion plays in the political and ethical spheres of American life. Prerequisites: 344-10600, or sophomore standing or above. 3 credits. (IRR)

344-27500, 344-27600 Selected Topics in Religion   HU LA

    Topics to be determined according to teacher and student interest. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (IRR)

344-28100 Hinduism   HU LA

    A historical survey of the development of Hinduism from its origin in the Vedic religion to the modern Vedantism. Reading and discussion on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Yoga Sutra. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (O)

344-28300 Introduction to Buddhism   HU LA 1b, h, g

    See 314-28300. (E)

344-30500 Comparative Study of Religions   HU LA

    Examination of the major issues in various religious traditions and comparison of their similarities and differences through the method of typological and phenomenological analysis. Certain common themes among these religions, such as the concept of god(s), the nature of man, the problem of evil, ways of salvation, patterns of rituals, and types of religious organization are discussed. Prerequisites: 344-10500; 344-10600; one level-2 or above course in religion. Recommended courses are 344-24200, 344-28100, or 344-28300. 3 credits. (E)

344-31100 Philosophy of Religion   HU LA

     See 314-31100. (Y)

344-31700 Myth and Metaphor   HU LA

    A study of myth as primary symbolism and the ground of conceptual meaning in religion: analysis of major archetypal images, the hero's quest, and personal mythology. Prerequisites: 344-10500 or 344-10600; one of the following: 344-20100, 344-22100, or 344-23200. 3 credits. (O)

344-32000 Anthropology of Religion   SS LA

     See anthropology 339-32000. (Y)

344-32300 Gender and Sexuality in Judaism   HU LA

     Exploration of what it means to be a Jewish man or woman. The course addresses how Jewish gender roles have changed throughout history, as well as how contemporary Jews deal with changes in women's roles and demands for gender equality. Topics covered include: what is "gender" and how to study it; traditional roles of men and women in Judaism; the gendered Jewish body; family and sexuality; homosexuality; Jewish feminism; the gender of God; and changing women's religious roles. Cross-listed with 340-32300. Students may not receive credit for both 344-32300 and 340-32300. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (Y)

344-33300 Jewish Mysticism   HU LA

     This course traces the history of Jewish mysticism. After a brief overview of early Jewish mysticism from the biblical and rabbinic periods, students will concentrate on the medieval flowering of Kabbalah, and its further development in the 16th-century Kabbalah of Safed, Israel, and 18th-century Eastern European Hasidism. The emphasis will be on understanding both the theoretical and experiential aspects of Jewish mysticism, and on examining some of the key texts of Jewish mysticism. Cross-listed with 340-33300. Students may not receive credit for both 344-33300 and 340-33300. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities or social sciences. 3 credits. (Y)

344-35300 Twentieth-Century Mysticism   HU LA

    Study of the major trends in 20th-century mysticism through the writings of key mystics. Topics include earth and esoteric spiritualistics, the influence of Eastern spiritualistics on the West, and current Jewish, Christian, and Sufi ideas. The writings of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton, and Yogananda, as well as works from the Native American and Sufi traditions are studied. Prerequisites: 344-25200. 3 credits. (E)

344-37500, 344-37600 Selected Topics in Religion   HU LA

    Topics to be determined according to teacher and student interest. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: One course in religion; two additional courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. 3 credits. (IRR)

344-37700 Women and Religion   HU LA

    A study of the emerging issues regarding women and religion, including the psychology of women's spiritual journey, the importance of the feminine or yin dimension of reality, the role of women in ancient and traditional religions, and new forms of feminine spirituality. Prerequisites: Three courses in religion and/or philosophy, or those courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and politics that address women's issues. 3 credits. (O)

344-39100, 344-39200 or 344-49100, 344-49200 Independent Study in Religion   U LA

     Study or research project(s) of the student's own devising. Minimal consultation with professor; final project(s) evaluated by professor. Offered on demand only. May be repeated for credit for different projects. Prerequisites: One course in religion; two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; permission of instructor. 1-4 credits, depending on instructor and student interest. (IRR)

344-39300, 344-39400 or 344-49300, 344-49400 Tutorial in Religion   U LA

     Work by student and teacher together on a problem or project of interest to both. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; one course in religion; two additional courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. May be repeated for credit. 1-4 credits, depending on instructor and student interest. (IRR)

344-49500, 344-49600 Seminar in Religion   HU LA

    Small group study of a topic not offered otherwise in the curriculum or not offered at the same level. Prerequisites: One course in religion; two courses in the humanities and/or social sciences; permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. 3 credits. (IRR)

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