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    Religious Studies

    Philosophy & Religious Studies

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    Contact Information


    David Cartwright
    Department Chair-Professor
    Phone: (262) 472-5268
    Location: Laurentide 4207

    Course Descriptions

    Religious Studies Courses

    INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS

    Religious Studies 135, Credits: 3

    This course examines emergence and evolution of Islamic Civilizations from the seventh century though the modern era. It covers the birth and spread of Islam, the rise and fall of Muslim Empires, religious and political institutions, scientific and cultural achievements, and the position of women and religious minorities.

    INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS

    Religious Studies 211, Credits: 3

    An introduction to the major religious traditions in the cultural areas of South, Southeast, and East Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

    INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN RELIGIONS

    Religious Studies 212, Credits: 3

    An introduction to the major religious traditions that have shaped Near Eastern and Western culture; especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

    THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE

    Religious Studies 252, Credits: 3

    This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories. (Offered jointly with English).

    CRITICAL ISSUES IN MODERN RELIGION

    Religious Studies 301, Credits: 3

    An introduction to selected critical issues relating to contemporary academic concerns. A variety of religion to modern culture and intellectual positions will be analyzed and discussed.

    RELIGIOUS ETHICS

    Religious Studies 302, Credits: 3

    The comparative study of the ethical dilemmas and discourse within religious narratives and traditions. The course presents selected ethical dilemmas and raises questions requiring students to analyze the positions embedded within religious narratives, and develop their own informed ethical positions. Topics include war, human rights, ecology, economic justice, and sexuality.

    ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

    Religious Studies 303, Credits: 3

    A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and cultural integration.

    CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC THOUGHT AND PRACTICE

    Religious Studies 304, Credits: 3

    This course will explore - thematically rather than cronologically - major trends in contemporary Islamic thought and practice through a study of key thinkers and a close reading of their works. Such trends include modernism, reformism, fundamentalism, nationalism, centrism, liberalism and feminism.

    WOMEN AND RELIGION

    Religious Studies 330, Credits: 3

    This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.

    GEOGRAPHY OF RELIGION

    Religious Studies 333, Credits: 3

    This course examines the role of religion in contemporary American society and in communities around the globe from a geographic perspective. Significant places and spatial patterns associated with religions will be investigated along with the relationship between religion and the political landscape. Students will be expected to identify, visit, and analyze two religious sites in their community.

    RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE

    Religious Studies 351, Credits: 3

    An examination of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society from colonial times to the present in historical and cultural perspectives.

    SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

    Religious Studies 353, Credits: 3

    A study of the function and forms of religious groups in primitive and contemporary societies; a theoretical examination of religion as a basic social institution. (Offered jointly with sociology).

    RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING

    Religious Studies 365, Credits: 3

    A critical examination of philosophical and religious materials dealing with death and dying. Issues such as the nature of death, the fear of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the concept of immortality, ethical and legal problems raised in the dying process, the ethics of hospice care, and the morality of euthanasia will be considered.

    THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY AND THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS

    Religious Studies 388, Credits: 3

    This course will examine the origins, implementation, and legacies of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. It is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance of the Holocaust to the Jewish experience, while understanding that other groups also were victimized. (Offered jointly with Sociology).

    WORKSHOP

    Religious Studies 490, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable

    SEMINAR

    Religious Studies 494, Credits: 1-3

    SPECIAL STUDIES

    Religious Studies 496, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable

    INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Religious Studies 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable

    Location

    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

    Contact

    Office of the Dean
    Phone: (262) 472-1621
    E-mail: lamkinn@uww.edu

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