Fall 2020 Courses

REL 104. Introduction to Religious Studies. 3 Hours HR GE11/GE3H / H.

This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions. Not open to students who have taken REL 105. LEC.

Zogry, Michael. ONLINE. 10/19/20-12/11/20.GTA: TBD.

REL 106/EALC 105. Asian Religions. 3 Hours HR/NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

A basic introduction to religion in India, China, and Japan with emphasis upon religions that affect the modern period. Not open to students who have taken REL 108/EALC 108. (Same as EALC 105.) LEC

Lindsey, William. TR 4-5:15pm. Smith 100. GTA: TBD.

REL/JWSH 107. Jews, Christians, Muslims. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

A basic introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Not open to students who have taken JWSH 109 or REL 109. (Same as JWSH 107.) LEC.

Brody, Samuel. TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 100. GTA: TBD.

REL 124. Understanding the Bible. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in the history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Cannot be taken concurrently with REL 311 or JWSH 321 or REL 315. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. (Same as JWSH 124.) LEC.

Mirecki, Paul. ONLINE. 8/24/20-10/16/20. GTA: TBD.

REL 171/AMS 290. Religion in American Society. 3 Hours HR AE41/GE3H / H.

A broad introduction to religion in American culture. This class emphasizes the well-established religions with large followings (viz. Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism). Some attention is also given to other religions active in America. Other topics covered include the relationship of church and state, religion in ethnic and racial minority groups, and women and religion. Not open to students who have taken REL 172. (Same as AMS 290.) LEC.

Schwaller, Rachel. TR 11-12:15pm. Smith 100. GTA: TBD.

REL 177. First Year Seminar: Religion and the Environment. 3 Hours GE11 / U.

A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Religious Studies. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

Zahn, Molly.TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 107.

REL 325/JWSH 325. Introduction to Judaism. 3 Hours H.

Analyzes a selection of the core texts, teachings, and practices of Jewish religious traditions in terms of classical and contemporary understanding. (Same as JWSH 325.) LEC.

Brody, Samuel. ONLINE. 10/19/20-12/11/20. GTA: TBD.

REL 350/AAAS 349. Islam. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

Islam's Origins, the prophet Muhammed, the Holy Koran, religious symbols and moral mandates, and historical developments. (Same as AAAS 349.) LEC.

Brinton, Jacquelene.ONLINE. 8/24/20-10/16/20. GTA: TBD.

REL 509/EALC 509. Religion in Japan. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

Survey of religious thought and practice in Japan from the Jomon period to the present. (Same as EALC 509.) LEC.

Lindsey, William. TR 2:30-3:45pm. Smith 208.

REL 701. Approaches to the Study of Religion. 3 Hours H.

An introduction to the various methods by which social scientists, historians, philosophers, and theologians study the meaning, influence, and significance of religion as an integral part of society and its cultural heritage. Prerequisite: REL 104 required for undergraduate students. No prerequisite for graduate students. LEC.

Brinton, Jacquelene. W 2-4:30pm. Smith 107.

REL 827. Seminar in Religion, Text and Textuality. 3 Hours.

This seminar explores issues surrounding the production and use of authoritative religious texts (sacred texts) in religious traditions, including such topics as scripturality and canon, scriptural hermeneutics, and material and ritual dimensions of scriptural practice. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

Zahn, Molly.T 8:30-11am. SMI 107.

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