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Dying to take RELI courses in the fall?

Dying to take RELI courses in the fall?

The Fall 2022 semester offers a wider variety of Religious Studies courses, many of them new and rarely offered, such as: RELI 236, Religion and Film, taught by Fr. Alexander Webster. Roughly two dozen movies – arguably both great and entertaining – that feature Jesus of Nazareth and the early Christian movement, Judaism, Islam, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Japanese Buddhism, and “New Age” reincarnation. RELI 240: Death and the Afterlife in World Religions, taught by a new postdoctoral fellow in Buddhism, Dr. Jetsun Deleplanque. RELI 300: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies, taught by Dr. Jaimie Gunderson. This is a newish requirement for Religious Studies majors. How do study religion in an academic context? This course will give you the tools. RELI 310: Judaism, taught by Rabbi Bruce Aft. This is the only required course for the 15-credit Judaic Studies minor. A one-semester introduction to the broad currents of Jewish history, culture, ethics, and thought. RELI 312: Islam, taught by Mr. David Dakake. RELI 313: Hinduism, taught by Dr. Prabha Reddy. RELI 317: Daoism, taught by Prof. Young-chan Ro. RELI 330: Religion, Fantasy, and Imagination, taught by Mr. Matthew Brake. RELI 339: The Bible as Literature, taught by Prof. John Turner. RELI 357: Gender and the Body in Judaism. Cross-listed with WGST. Taught by the newest faculty member to the Department of Religious Studies in Judaic Studies, Prof. Alexandria Frisch. RELI 399-001: The Development of Hell, taught by Dr. Jaimie Gunderson. Once students register for this class, there’s no way out. No drops. No late-withdrawals. This ain’t purgatory. Just kidding. Fire and brimstone not included. RELI 399-002: American Religion in Space and Place, taught by Prof. Lincoln Mullen. Cross-listed with History 395 (Topics in Digital History). RELI 490: Comparative Study of Religion, taught by Prpf. Young-chan Ro. This fulfills the Mason Core synthesis requirement. Religious Studies majors should take it in their senior year.

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RELI 357 for Fall 2022

RELI 357 for Fall 2022

This course explores distinctively Jewish approaches to questions of gender, sexuality, and the body as described in the legal, religious, ethical, and literary material in the Jewish religious and cultural traditions. Topics include the "body of God," circumcision, laws of purity, rites of passage, the synagogue, feminist theology, and body aesthetics related to masculine and feminine stereotypes. Prof. Alexandria Frisch Mon. & Wed. 1:30pm-2:45pm David J. King Hall, room 2053 (not to be confused with King David's Hall)

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