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religion

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Politics and Religion   (POS-328)   3.00 s.h.  
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Relationship between religion and political life. Emphasis on the work of religious and political theorists. The place of religion in American political life and discussion of religion in contemporary politics. 
Philosophy of Religion   (PHI-370)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Philosophy of Religion (PHI-370) explores the philosophical issues involved with religion as a universal human phenomenon. Topics include definitions of religion, proofs for the existence of God, the nature and variety of religious experience, the immortality of the soul, the problem of evil, the relation between religion and ethics, and the relation between science and religion. The course examines the philosophy of religion from a multicultural perspective. It includes readings from the most influential religious traditions.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Define religion.
  • Describe the different dimensions of religion.
  • Distinguish among the different meanings of the sacred from impersonal to anthropomorphic.
  • Assess the significance of gender issues applied to God and/or the gods and language regarding them, especially in prayer and liturgical expression.
  • Critically assess the different arguments for the existence of God.
  • Explain the place of religious experience in the overall context of religious life.
  • Analyze the problem of theodicy, also known as the problem of evil.
  • Examine the role of religion in grounding ethics.
  • Analyze the meaning and possibility of an afterlife.
  • Explain the conflict between science and religion.
  • Evaluate points of commonality for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.

 
Religion and Society   (REL-384)   3.00 s.h.  
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Study of denominational traditions, sects, cults, social groups, and civic piety. Discussion of theoretical literature on religion and society. Attention to topics such as migration, ethnicity and religion among minority groups, development of religious roles and institutions in the cultures. 
Religion and Revolution   (REL-216)   3.00 s.h.  
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Relationship between religion and social change. Topics include the role of religion in discerning the future direction of individuals and society; resources the religious dimension brings to an evaluation of social, political, and cultural change. 
Religion in Film and Theater   (REL-389)   3.00 s.h.  
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Examination of the relationship between religious tradition and artistic expression. Study of classic artistic portraits of Jesus and others and the tension between religion and the arts. Research; critical film theory; and attitudes toward religion in film, novels and plays. 
Sociology of Religion   (SOC-319)   3.00 s.h.  
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The nature, consequences, and theoretical origins of religion, as evidenced in social construction and functional perspectives the social origins and problems of religious organizations; and the relationships between religion and morality, science, magic, social class, minority status, economic development and politics. 
History of Religion I   (HIS-453)   3.00 s.h.  
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Study of religious ideas and institutions. Survey of the large-scale social changes associated with movements in religion. 
Models of Religion   (REL-210)   3.00 s.h.  
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Examination of the history of the traditions of various models of religion such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with comparison of their common heritage and difference. Emphasis on areas of importance in contemporary religious understanding. 
Politics and Religion   (REL-386)   3.00 s.h.  
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Function of religion in iniating social and political changes by envisioning the future, formulating utopian blueprints, and providing transcendent norms for social criticism. 
Religion and Social Change   (REL-383)   3.00 s.h.  
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The impact of economic, political and social movements on religious belief and the ways in which religion has both furthered and impeded social development. 
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