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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Religious Studies

Courses - RST Lower Division

100. Introduction to Religion (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Origin, nature, and function of religion in the individual and culture with emphasis upon and reference to outstanding personalities, sacred writings, and basic features of the world's leading religions.

102. Introduction to Early and Western Religions (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
A survey of representative figures, themes, the schools in Western religious thought, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

103. Introduction to Asian Religions (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Survey of Indian, Chinese and Japanese religious thought. Emphasis will be on original texts in translations.

202. Religion and Society (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Religious and secular views of the relation of persons and society with emphasis upon contemporary problems of personal and social ethics, political responsibility and social structure.

210. Introduction to the Bible (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Overview of Sacred texts of Jews and Christians. Inspiration, Creation, Salvation, and other Biblical themes will be discussed, as well as key persons and events, such as Moses, Jesus, etc.
Not available to students with credit in R/ST 101A.

230. Heaven, Hell and Other Afterlives (3)

Explores the history and development of notions of the afterlife in Judaism. Jewish ideas about the experience of death and the fate of the dead will be studied in the context of broader reflection on ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greek views of the afterlife, as well as brief considerations of Christian and Muslim views of the afterlife.

240. Love, Life, and the World (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Examines love in life and the world. Students will explore the philosophical, religious-mystical, psychological, social, and natural historical dimensions of love and complete both practical and research projects that will lead them to a fuller understanding of a loving life.

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