Courses

***IMPORTANT---RS 102: Religion in Sickness and Health, counts towards the RS Gateway course requirement for RS Major and Certificate students. The UW-Catalog will be updated soon to reflect this.

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROGRAM COURSES SUMMER AND FALL 2017

 

 

SUMMER 2017 RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSE

 

Number 

Title 

Instructor 

Summer Session 

Day/Time 

Prereq.

RS 333 

Early Christian Lit: The New Testament

Norman

July 17-Aug 13

M-Th, 9-12

None

 

 

This course focuses on developing skills that students can use for further study in variety of fields while developing an understanding of early Christian communities and literature. This is a well-paced course for summer school, based in conversational lectures and discussions supported with technology and a clear, engaging textbook. Graded exercises encourage development and improvement over the course and should be low-anxiety vehicles if students prepare as instructed and participate consistently. Students with a range of career and field interests and a range of preparation have taken this course successfully in past summers. Meets LIT requirement. Honors Option. Review over coffee at 9; new material/conversation begins at 9:30, M-Th.


RS GATEWAY COURSE FOR FALL: OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS/FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ENCOURAGED/NO PREREQUISITES

RS 102: Exploring Religion in Sickness & Health (formerly taught under the topic number RS 101)

How do religious peoples understand and live in sickness and health? How does physical well-being connect to spiritual well-being? Medicine to meaning-making? How does looking at religion in sickness and health provide insight into its roles in different cultures and contexts? What is “religion”? “Sickness”? “Health”? How can we understand their relationships? From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, Africa and the Mediterranean, we’ll approach these questions using perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, legal studies and the medical sciences, among others. And we’ll be coming home to Wisconsin/U.S.A. along the way to examine these questions as well. Skills Building: comparative and interdisciplinary analysis, religious literacy and cultural competency. Required for: RS Major and RS Certificate. Counts toward the Global Health Certificate and the CALS International Studies requirement. Honors section.

 

NEW COURSES IN FALL 2017

We are excited to announce 2 new courses, all appropriate for students without previous work in RS.

 

RS 200: Jewish Law, Business and Ethics

How do Jewish texts inform modern business practices in the multi-billion dollar modern kosher industry? Can Jews drink and sell coffee? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in “Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics.” By focusing on legislation relating to business and ethics, this course will introduce students to the development of Jewish law over three millennia. No pre-req.

RS 200, section 001: A Life Worth Living: The Theory and Practice of Human Flourishing

 This course introduces perspectives and practices that are central to the cultivation of well-being from the perspective of neurobiology, contemplative philosophies, and the arts. Students will engage and learn important skills related to five domains: Well-being, Awareness, Connection, Wisdom, and Embodiment. Course activities are experiential in nature and draw on both cutting-edge scientific research and traditional contemplative frameworks. These activities teach practical skills designed to promote resilience and flourishing.

 

RS 311: Sects and Cults

This course explores new religious movements in the United States--those groups frequently referred to as "sects," "cults," and "fringe religions."  We will be paying special attention to 6 key charges made against alternative movements—for example, brainwashing, hypocrisy, and violence—as well as how these groups are portrayed in the media. We will read some secondary material as well as various primary sources written by the founder and/or followers of movements including: Christian Science, Latter-day Saints, Wicca, Jonestown, and the Branch Davidians. Through these materials and scholarly analyses of these movements we will explore how they hope to change themselves, society, and the world. Soph standing but instructor will admit freshmen.

 

 

ALL FALL 2017 RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES

Freshmen interested in sophomore standing courses are encouraged to contact instructors about enrollment.

Number

Title

Instructor

Day/Time

Room

Prereq.

RS 102

Religion in Sickness and Health

Norman

M/W 11-11:50

Soc Sci 5206

None

RS 173

Consuming Happiness

TBA

T/Th 9:30-10:45

Na Nicholas 2255

None

RS 200, 001

Jewish Law, Business and Ethics

Rosenblum

M/W 9:55-10:45

Ingraham 22

None

RS 200, 002

A Life Worth Living: Theory & Practice of Human Flourishing

Dunne

M/W 9:55-10:45

 

None

RS 205

Islamic World: Middle East 500-1500

Chamberlain

T/Th 9:30-10:45

Humanities 1217

None

RS 234

Western Religious Writing (Comm B)

Rosenhagen

T/Th 1-2:15

Sterling 1339

Comm A

RS 235

Genres Asian Religious Writing (Comm B)

Naparstek

M/W 1:20-2:10

TBA

Comm A

RS 270

Environment and Religion

Gade

T/Th 9:55-10:45

Humanities 1641

Soph *

RS 311

Sects and Cults

Ridgely

M/W 2:30-3:45

Soc Sci 6203

Soph *

RS 335

King David

Hutton

M/W 11-11:50

Van Hise 494

Soph

RS 342

Mythology of Scandinavia

Mellor

T/Th 2:30-3:45

Ingraham 222

JR

RS 343

Anthropology of Religion

Al-Mohammad

Th 6-8:30

Soc Sci 4308

Anth 104 or perm

RS 350

Introduction to Taoism

Naparstek

M/W 2:30-3:45

Van Hise 494

Soph

RS 370

Islam: Religion and Culture

Gade

T/Th 1-2:15

Soc Sci 4308

Soph*

RS 421

Survey of Tibetan Buddhism

Khedup

M/W 2:30-3:45

Van Hise 114

Soph

RS 512

The Enlightenment and its Critics

Carlsson

T/Th 9:30-10:45

Van Vleck B215

Soph

RS 600

Religion in Critical Perspective

(For RS Majors/Certificate Students and graduate students with permission)

Ridgely

W 4-6:30

Van Hise 382

Contact RS Program Office

RS 601

Capstone in Religious Studies

(For RS Majors only with permission)

Norman

W 4-6

Soc Sci 6112

Contact RS Program

RS 624

Meditation in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism

Buhnemann

T/Th 11-12:15

Van Hise 399

Soph/

1S.AsianRel course/ instr. perm.

Unfortunately, RS 102 in Fall 2017 cannot accomodate any senior auditors.

Course Catalog Descriptions: Undergraduate