The following list represents the detailed course descriptions of our current offerings; for the full range of courses offered in the Religious Studies program, please consult the Undergraduate Course Descriptions in the UNF Catalog.
specific content of this course varies by instructor but in general it
introduces students to one of the two primary approaches to Religious Studies:
Comparative Religion (sometimes called the History of Religions). It includes an introduction to the academic
study of religion, a survey of the world's major religious traditions and a
discussion such categories as myth, ritual, religious experience, and religious
institutions. This course fulfills the
University’s “Cultural Diversity” requirement and is a requirement for both the
major and the minor.
CRN: 12994TR 1050-1205 Instructor: J. Ingersoll
course gives students an overview of the variety of religious expressions found
in the United States. We will begin with a unit designed to provide historical
and sociological context; both showing that despite popular conceptions that
America is less religious than it was in the past, religion remains a vibrant
and vital social force in America and explaining why this is so. The second
part of the course will be focus on current legal controversies in the US
exploring especially religion cases currently in the courts. The course will
include sessions designed specifically around topics of interest to the
students in the course. For graduating Religious Studies majors, this course
will function as the Capstone and those students will work in a smaller group
on a senior research project. This course can be used to fill university electives or requirements of the Religious Studies Major or Minor.
REL 3213 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
CRN: 12995R 1800-2045 Instructor: T. Simpson
REL 3935 Understanding Religious Texts
CRN: 12986TR 1215-1330 Instructor: A. Creller
debates, both across and within traditions, arise out of differences in
interpretation of textual sources. This course is an introduction to
hermeneutics, the field of study concerned with interpretation and
understanding, and how it relates to the texts of religious traditions.
Beginning with the growth of philosophical hermeneutics out of biblical
hermeneutics, students will examine both the concepts and problems associated
with reading and understanding a text through the frame of its author and the
historical and cultural contexts in which it was written. After studying these
concepts, students will approach the issues that arise from interpreting sacred
texts in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. By the end of the
course students will be versed in debates and differences surrounding the
nature of a text and the requirements to be a valid interpreter within these
religious traditions. This course can be used to fill university electives or requirements of the Religious Studies Major or Minor.
REL 3936 The Philosophy of Zen Buddism
TR 1505-1620Instructor: S. Mattice
Zen is the name of both a meditation practice which
guides a way of life, and a school of traditional Buddhism which arose in
China, developed in Japan and Korea, and is now being transplanted in the West.
This course is an examination of the literary, philosophical and historical
roots and teachings of Zen. How did it arise, how does it differ from other
religious traditions, and how has it been represented and manipulated over the
centuries? What challenges to philosophical thinking does it pose, and what
have critical scholars today discovered about its teachings and practices? We
will explore these questions beginning with a general introduction to Buddhism,
then reading and discussing classical Zen texts along with some of the best
current scholarship on Zen. This course will provide an opportunity for
students to engage in critical and creative analysis and reflection. Previous
background in philosophy or Buddhism is desirable but not necessary; what is
expected is a willingness to engage in philosophical discussion. This course can be used to fill university electives or requirements of the Religious Studies Major or Minor.
REL 3936 Science and Religion
CRN: 12990F 1200-1445Instructor: M. Treyz
This course explores the relationship between science and
religion. We will ask if there is any common ground between these two
fields, how that mutual ground might be uncovered, and why it is necessary for
us to plow this earth. We will begin our investigation with an historical
introduction moving from Aristotle through Galileo and Darwin to the Scopes
trials. We will then investigate a variety of positions from the
perspective of scientists and theologians. Topics will include subjects as
varied as the Big Bang theory and Intelligent Design, bio-ethics
and chaos theory. This course can be used to fill university electives or requirements of the Religious Studies Major or Minor.
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