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Religious Studies

Courses - RST Graduate Level

501./401. Methods/Theories of Religion (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Analyzes and compares methodologies used in the discipline of Religious Studies. Selected methods include: social scientific; phenomenology; structuralism; textual criticism and exegesis; personalist and normative approaches to the study of religion. Critical hermeneutics such as Marxist, Feminist, Freudian, and Post-Modern are also explored.

550. Islam in the Contemporary World (3)

Examines key thinkers, movements and issues arising in the global Muslim community in the modern period. It covers ealry reform movements, the Iranian Revolution, Islamic revivalism, religious violence, Progressive Islam, gender justice, Islam and sexuality, and Muslims in America.
Letter grade only (A-F).

558./458. Women, Religion, and the Developing World (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing.
Looks at causes and implications of globalization, impact of globalization on women in the developing world, and the multi-faceted role that religion and religious constructions of gender play in this picture.

560./460. Jewish Christianity (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
History and literature of ancient Jewish Christianity in its relationship to Gentile Christianity and Judaism, from the relatives of Jesus through the fourth century.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Selected Topics in Religious Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Religious Studies selected for intensive development.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

595. Advanced Study (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Study under the supervision of a faculty member. Student must fulfill requirements of a selected upper division course plus additional work appropriate to graduate study as determined by the instructor of the course.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics in the same semester.

599. Graduate Tutorial (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Supervised and independent study.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in the same semester.

604. Seminar in Religion in the Contemporary World (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced inquiry into aspects of religion in the contemporary World, including its ethical, cultural, historical or theoretical dimensions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

624. Seminar in Ancient Mediterranean Religion (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced inquiry into the religions of the Ancient Mediterranean.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

646. Seminar in Buddhist Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced inquiry into topics in Buddhist Studies.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

659. Violence, Religion, Gender and Sexuality (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or consent of instructor
Explores the connections between religion, sexuality, and forms of violence against women in the contemporary world. Examines this issue from within a wide range of global contexts, including the US, and from a variety of world traditions
Letter grade (A-F) only.

690. Selected Topics in Religious Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in religious studies selected by the faculty for intensive development.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Directed Studies to permit individual students to pursue topics of special research interest.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units in the same semester.

698. Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, consent of advisor.
Planning, preparation and completion of thesis for the master's degree.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.