Religion, Myth & Society
Theme Description: This theme explores relationships between people and their belief systems, including the ways in which humans have employed such beliefs to give meaning to their world. Emphasis is on diversity and the many varieties of faith and belief.
Theme Coordinator: Dr. Xiaofei Tu
IDS 3261. Sustainability, Religion, Spirituality (3). On Demand
Debate has raged among scholars, activists, and members of religious communities about the role(s) of religion and of specific religions in fostering unsustainability and in achieving sustainability. As part of this debate, some have proposed the existence and importance of a spirituality unconnected with historical or new religions as a key component of moving toward sustainability. This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to these questions both in their historical and contemporary forms.
ART 2030. Art from Prehistory to 1400 (3). F;S
A global survey of art history focusing on the early visual artistic traditions of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas from the dawn of art to 1400. The course examines visual art and art making in religious, social, cultural, and political contexts. Lecture three hours. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: HUMANITIES)
REL 1110. Religions of the World (3).F;S
This course introduces the major living religions of the world. (MULTI-CULTURAL) (CORE: HUMANITIES)
THR 3730. Early Theatre History and Literature (3). F
This course explores the history, literature, and criticism of the theatre from prehistory up to the Early Modern period. The course will focus predominantly on European theatre, but will also include studies of some Asian forms. (WRITING; MULTI-CULTURAL; CROSS DISCIPLINARY) (CORE: HUMANITIES)
ANT 2430. Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (3). F;S
A cross-cultural study of the nature and functions of belief systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the belief systems of non-Western cultures in order to provide a means through which our own beliefs can be better understood. A variety of anthropological and psychological approaches to the study of belief systems are utilized. (MULTI-CULTURAL)
How These Courses Integrate into Theme:
Students is each course will gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between people and their belief systems, including the ways in which humans have employed such beliefs to give meaning to their world. Films related to the theme will be shown, with student discussion encouraged in their individual classes. Field trips to museums and guest speakers will give student a variety of fresh perspectives and approaches.