Religious Studies Course Descriptions
104: Introduction to Asian Religions (3)
This course providees an introduction to the most prevalent and enduring ideas, images, and personalities of Asian religious traditios including Daoism, Confucianism, East Asian Shamanism, Shinto and Buddhism. The regions of focus include India, tibet, China, Korea and Japan, with some reference to the other areas of Asia.
302: New Testament (3)
An historical and critical study of the origin, structure and transmission of the New Testament writings and their meaning in life and thought of the early Church; emhpasis is placed on the life, teachings, and significance of Jesus and Paul - both for their day and ours.
312: The Life and Letters of Paul (3)
A critical study in the life and thought of Paul, his letters to the early Christian churches, his role in the expansion of the Christian movement, and his continuing influence today.
320: Introduction to Buddhism (3)
this course provides an intorduction to the diverse Buddhist traditions of the world through a study of theories, practices, images and social settings. It begins with an examination of stories of the life of Buddha and the religious- political situation in India at the same time his ideas began to flurish. It follows the development of later Buddhism in india and its manifestations as Theravada traditions of Southeast Asia, It also examines Buddhism's developments a Mahayana and Tantric traditions in Tibet and East Asia. The religious experience of varied persons and groups, East and West, in traditional and contemporary settings.
325: Religion in Contemporary American Film (3)
A critical study of religious beliefs and practices as seen through the medium of film. Students will view contemporary American films and film clips through the lens of religious studies. Lectures and films are augmented by WebCT discussion boards.
365: Religious Diversity in the South. (3)
This is a survey of the evolution of religion in the South from its beginnings to the arrival of new religions and movements in the twentieth century. this course will review the development of major denominational churches as well as the evolution of "folk belief". integral to the course will be the consideration of women's roles and attitudes toward women in religion. Religous history of South Carolina and the low country, specifically, will serve as the focus for the course, with particular attention given to new religious arrivals.