Courses

For a full list of courses offered by the Religious Studies department, see http://catalog.missouri.edu/courseofferings/rel_st/

RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES FOR SUMMER SEMESTER 2019

REL ST 2110—Religions of the World (3). Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Traditions studied may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Online only. 

REL ST 2240 — Harry Potter, Magic, and Religion (3). This course explores religious themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Topics include ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythological themes, the relationship between religion and magic, and reactions to the books among various religious groups. Offered in the second 4 week session. 

REL ST 3100 — Religious Literacy for the Public and Professions (3) This course teaches students to engage and encounter religion in day-to-day life and in the professional workplace. Its primary goal is to examine religious diversity in private and professional contexts from a practical standpoint by examining a variety of case studies. Online only. 

REL ST 3350 —Monsters in Western Religion and Folklore (3). This course focuses on monsters found in Western cultures and more specifically how monsters are instantiated and put to use in contexts of popular culture. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the material are drawn from both Religious Studies and Folkloristics. Online only. 

REL ST 3360—Cults and New Religious Movements (3).  While religious traditions constantly change, and new religons emerge in every historical time period, the new religious movements of the past century (many of which are often referred to negatively as "cults") present a particular challenge to contemporary cultures and societies. We will begin with a theoretical overview of new religious movements (NMRs) and will proceed gradually to discuss in detail the religion of the People's Temple and its charismatic leader and founder, Jim Jones. Online only. 

REL ST 3380—Native American Religions (3). Same as ANTHRO 3380. Investigation of religious lives of the native peoples of the Americas through cultural contact with modernity. Perspectives based on historical, anthropological and native texts. Offered in the first 4 week session. 

REL ST 3451W—Religion in Science Fiction - Writing intensive (3). Investigation of religious themes in science fiction novels, short stories and films. Themes include the nature of the sacred, the limits of human knowledge, understanding and experiencing transcendence, revelation and apocalypse. Online only. 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES FOR FALL SEMESTER 2019

REL ST 1100— Introduction to Religion (3). Engages students in reflection on the religious questions that human existence poses, and introduces them to conceptual tools for understanding and evaluating answers which have emerged in human history.

REL ST 1100H— Introduction to Religion - Honors (3). Engages students in reflection on the religious questions that human existence poses, and introduces them to conceptual tools for understanding and evaluating answers which have emerged in human history. Honors eligiblility required. 

REL ST 1500— Religion and Culture (3). The study of religion as expressed in art, literature, music, dance, drama, and architecture. Freshmen and sophomores only. 

REL ST 2110—Religions of the World (3). Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Traditions studied may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

REL ST 2110H—Religions of the World - Honors (3). Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Traditions studied may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Honors eligiblility required. 

REL ST 2220 — Death and Dying in the Western World (3). This class explores how death has historically been approached in the Western world and familiarizes us with different types of death (natural death, death by execution, death from illness, and death by murder. Using a religious studies and American studies approach, we will examine overarching themes of grief, loss, mourning, and even anger in association with death and dying. Online only. 

REL ST 2240 — Harry Potter, Magic, and Religion (3). This course explores religious themes in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Topics include ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythological themes, the relationship between religion and magic, and reactions to the books among various religious groups.

REL ST 2700 — Islam (3). Examines the historical development of Islamic traditions, noting the manner in which various sects & factions understand religion, humanity and God.

REL ST 3005 - 1 Topics— Religion and Race in the US (3). 

REL ST 3005 - 2 Topics— Religious History of the Middle East (3). 

REL ST 3240—Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia (3). (same as SAST 3240). Examines the origins of Buddhism in India, the narratives of the life of the Buddha, the development of early Buddhist schools, the extension of Buddhism into Central and Southeast Asia, and the current practice of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia.

REL ST 3350W —Monsters in Western Religion and Folklore - Writing Intensive (3). This course focuses on monsters found in Western cultures and more specifically how monsters are instantiated and put to use in contexts of popular culture. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the material are drawn from both Religious Studies and Folkloristics.

REL ST 3360—Cults and New Religious Movements (3).  While religious traditions constantly change, and new religons emerge in every historical time period, the new religious movements of the past century (many of which are often referred to negatively as "cults") present a particular challenge to contemporary cultures and societies. We will begin with a theoretical overview of new religious movements (NMRs) and will proceed gradually to discuss in detail the religion of the People's Temple and its charismatic leader and founder, Jim Jones. Online only. 

REL ST 3740—Religion and Film (3). Addresses issues of interpretation and analysis in the convergence of religion and film. Online only. 

REL ST 4100W — Advanced Theories and Methods - Writing Intensive (3) Cross-level with REL 7100. The course investigates the history of the modern academic study of religion, closely exploring influential theories and methods that have shaped scholarly perspective. May include approaches such as structuralism, phenomenology, Durkheimian and Weberian sociology, Marxism, feminism, thick description, psychoanalysis, and others.

REL ST 7100W — Advanced Theories and Methods - Writing Intensive (3) Cross-level with REL 4100.  The course investigates the history of the modern academic study of religion, closely exploring influential theories and methods that have shaped scholarly perspective. May include approaches such as structuralism, phenomenology, Durkheimian and Weberian sociology, Marxism, feminism, thick description, psychoanalysis, and others. Graduate standing required. 

REL ST 8005 - 2 — Topics: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity (3). Graduate standing required. 

REL ST 8005 - 3 — Topics: Ethnographic Research and Writing (3). Graduate standing required. 

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