Religious Studies

Religious Studies Courses

1310 Introduction to Theology: This course introduces students both to the content of Christian faith (salvation, grace, Jesus, etc.) and to the variety of ways in which this content has been shaped and expressed throughout Christian history. (Fall)

1340 Understanding Catholicism: This course is an overview of the beliefs, structures and worship of the Roman Catholic Church. We will investigate the cultural, theological and political development of a variety of topics, including but not limited to the following: ecclesiology, christology, morality, incarnation, revelation and scripture. (Spring)

1345 Biblical Themes: This course reviews various contemporary themes in relationship to both the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Christian Scriptures (New Testament), with an emphasis on interpretation and methodological approaches (i.e., historical criticism, literary criticism, and cultural studies). (Fall)

1355 History of Christianity: This course presents an historical dimension of Christianity: the community of believers and their beliefs, rites, and symbols, and major figures and evnets up to the sixteenth century. Emphasis is on the historical development o the church and its doctrines. (Fall)

1360 Christian Ethics: This course presents an understanding o the Roman Catholic Church's arguments and reasoning concerning a variety of moral issues. Emphasis is given to the sources of Catholic moral thought and the development o moral conscience. Some of the topics to be discussed include the death penalty, abortion, sexuality, and economic injustice. (Spring)

1375 Prayer and Spirituality: This course studies prayer in biblical tradition, prayer in the life of major Christian spiritual authors, and cotemporary spirituality and prayer.

2320 Hebrew Scriptures: This course surveys the history, literature and faith of ancient Israel found in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), with an emphasis on interpretation and methodological approaches (e.g., historical criticism, literary criticism and cultural studies). (Fall)

2329 Religious Movements in United States History: This course is a study of religious and racial/ethnic cultural ideologies and traditions in the United States, and assessment of their influence on U.S. life and institutions. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

2330 Religion, Values and Film: This course presents a systematic study of the representation of religion and values in contemporary North American film, a medium which is becoming increasingly important as a vehicle by which cultural values are shaped and exchanged. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

2335 U.S. Latino/a Spirituality: This course explores the various expressions of belief and spirituality among U.S. Latino/a communities. (Spring)

2350 Gospels and Acts: This course surveys the history, literature, and faith of early Christianity found in the Gospels and the book of Acts, with an emphasis on interpretation and methodological approaches (e.g., historical criticism, literary criticism and cultural studies). (Spring)

3300 The Religious Quest: This course explores the human response to mystery, faith and revelation; origin and evolution o myth, religion and its ritual expression; and relationship of religion to theology. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3305 Catholic Social Teachings: This course is a study of the issues and practices of post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism with emphasis on the social teachings of the Church in post-conciliar documents. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3310 Pauline Writings: This course surveys the social world, literature and theology of early Christianity found in the Pauline writings (both the "authentic" Pauline and other apostolic letters), with emphasis on interpretation and methodological approaches (e.g., historical criticism, literary criticism and cultural studies). Prerequisites: RELS 1345, 2330 2350 or permission of the instructor. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

3320 Christian Symbols and Celebrations: This course is a study of the major rituals and symbols in the celebrations and worship in the Christian church. Special emphasis is on the sacraments. Prerequisites: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Fall, even- numbered years)

3322 Christianity through Art: This course examines major themes and historical and cultural movements of the Christian faith through the perspective o the arts and/or literature. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

3325 Arts for Christian Worship: This course examines the importance o the imagination in worship, principles for using the arts, and experience in creating drama, dance, and art for worship. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of he instructor. (Spring)

3335 God and Human Sexuality: This course examines Christian theological and ethical teachings concerning sexuality and interpersonal relationships. Attention is given to issues of gender, body and spirit, sexual violence and marriage and intimacy. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

3340 Feminist Theology: This course explores the thought of various feminist, womanist, and mujerista/latina theologians and the contributions they have made to the field of Christian theology more generally. Prerequisite: RELS 1310 or permission of the instructor. (Spring, even-numbered years)

3345 World Religions: This course examines the beliefs, history, culture, sacred texts and religious views of various religions. Emphasis is also made in regard to inter0reliigous dialogue, church documents of ecumenism and religious experience in various houses of worship. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

3350 Environmental Theology and Ethics: This course explores both various perspectives on nature found within the Christian theological and ethical tradition, and major ethical implications of global environmental policies, including issues of world hunger and food supplies, inequities in land and resource distribution, racial, ethnic and gendered aspects of environmental policies; conservation efforts, and materialism and consumerism. Prerequisites: RELS 1310 or 1360 or permission of the instructor. (Every Third Fall)

3365 Christian Worship: This course studies the significance of ritual, nature of liturgy, and the history and structure of worship. Prerequisite: 3 hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Every third Spring)

3399 Contemporary Issues: This course provides a study of selected topics of special contemporary theological interest or importance. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite; 6 hours in RELS or permission of instructor. (Every Third Spring)

4049 Field Education: This practicum explores praxis-orientated theory and methods of teaching, evaluation, research, and creative expression in the setting of general or religious education. Prerequisite: 30 hours of RELS; supervised by UIW RELS faculty. (Fall or Spring)

4300 Women and Faith: This course examines issues of contemporary women in relation to social justice within the context of Christian faith. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Fall, even-numbered years)

4310 Women in Christian Tradition: This course studies selected women from biblical to contemporary times whose activities or writings have contributed to Christianity. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Fall, even-numbered years)

4320 U.S. Latino/a Theology and Culture: This course is an introduction to U.S. Latino/a theology, its methodology, and current expressions. Prerequisite: RELS 1310 or permission of the instructor. (Spring, even-numbered years)

4330 Death and Belief: This course is an examination of the dying and grieving processes in North America, and an exploration o the relationship of religious beliefs and the coping devices used in dealing with thee processes. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Every third Spring)

4362 Lay Leadership of Public Prayer: This course explores the theological foundation for the language and design of prayer; skills of oral communication and introduction to homiletics; and presiding at communion and other services. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Every Third Spring)

4345 Theologies of Liberation: This course provides an overview of emerging theologians of liberation from several perspectives, such as Latin America, Feminist, Afro-American, U.S., Latino/a and Asian. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of RELS or permission of the instructor. (Every Third Spring)

 

Rev. 10/2012


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