New & Topic Courses

Course Information Instructor Title Description
Fall 2020
RELIG 111 A1
M-W-F
2:00 - 2:50 
Glen Fairen COMP THEMES IN WORLD RELIGIONS
RELIG 397 A1
T - R
09:30 - 10:50
Jocelyn Henderickson Islamic Law: Muftis and Fatwas 
Winter 2021

RELIG 111 B1
M-W-F 
12:00 -12:50

Jocelyn Henderickson Scared Journeys 

 

RELIG 397 B1
M-W-F 
1:00 -1:50

Peter Sabo Anti-Semitism

 

RELIG 397 B2
T-R
09:30-10:50

Allen Wright Evil, Monsters, and Religion
What is "Evil?" Who, or what, is considered "evil?" Do so-called monsters fit within evil's classification systems? This course will be a critical analysis of the conceptions, "Evil and Monsters," within the context of the academic study of Religion. The course will look at the various theoretical perspectives on evil and monsters with the purpose of examining the socio/historical/religious discourses driving them.

The class will examine various theories/explanations of evil; ranging from the theological problem of Theodicy and "supernatural evil," to the concept of evil as a social construct. These theories will be entwined with how religious rhetoric, relating to evil, can influence social discourses and cultural understandings (examples seen in RELIG 274: Studies in Witchcraft and the Occult). This course will also examine various "Monsters" within their socio-historical/political/religious context; past and modern representations will be examined.

Overall, at the end of the course, students should be similar with various perceptions on evil and monsters. They should also possess an understanding of several theoretical approaches towards the conceptions of evil and monsters, along with, a greater understanding of social discourse(s).

RELIG 415/516
T

Lorne Zelyck  Parables of Jesus 

RELIG 497/510
R

Felice Lifshitz Women Theologians