The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Fall 2014

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
RELIGION 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Jaffe, Richard 01 Tu 03:20 PM-05:50 PM Perkins 060

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 110
Hinduism Prasad, Leela 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 071

Course Description

An exploration of the beliefs, ethics, everyday and ceremonial practices, philosophies, mythologies, and movements that are part of the aggregately-named religion of Hinduism. Instructor: Prasad or staff
RELIGION 120
Buddhism Jaffe, Richard 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Introduction to Buddhist texts, beliefs, rituals, and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Jaffe or staff
RELIGION 140
Judaism Goldman, Shalom 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gray 210

Course Description

Introduction to Judaic civilization from its origins to modern times. Instructor: Goldman, Lieber, or staff
RELIGION 141
Judaism Through Film Lieber, Laura 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 220

Course Description

An overview of major themes in Jewish practice, belief, identity, and history as presented through the medium of film. Emphasis will be on contemporary Judaism in Europe, America, and the Middle East. Instructor: Lieber
RELIGION 145
Old Testament/heb Bible Peters, Melvin 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Old Chem 201

Course Description

Historical, literary, ethical, and theological investigations of the ancient Near Eastern context of Israelite religion and culture. Instructor: Peters
RELIGION 150
Christianity Fiano, Emanuel 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Social Sciences 136

Course Description

Introduction to Christian doctrine, ritual, social organization and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Van Rompay or staff
RELIGION 160
Islam Mian, Ali Altaf 01 M 04:55 PM-07:25 PM Social Sciences 119

Course Description

Introduction to Islamic theology, practice, social institutions, and ethics in the past and present. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 190FS
Focus Seminars (top) Hassan, Mona 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 060

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 190FS
Focus Seminars (top) Lohr Sapp, Christy 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Chapel 050

Course Description

Topics vary from semester to semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor: Staff
RELIGION 242
Kundalini Yoga And Sikh Dharma Khalsa, Keval 01 F 11:45 AM-01:15 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and meditation and yogic lifestyle as taught by Yogi Bhajan through practice, lecture, writing and discussion. Overview of the basic philosophy of Sikh Dharma and the development of Sikhism and Kundalini Yoga in the Western Hemisphere. Instructor: Khalsa
RELIGION 242
Kundalini Yoga And Sikh Dharma Khalsa, Keval 01L MW 11:45 AM-01:15 PM Hull St 104

Course Description

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga and meditation and yogic lifestyle as taught by Yogi Bhajan through practice, lecture, writing and discussion. Overview of the basic philosophy of Sikh Dharma and the development of Sikhism and Kundalini Yoga in the Western Hemisphere. Instructor: Khalsa
RELIGION 245
Music In East Asia Kramer, Jonathan 01 M 07:30 PM-10:00 PM Biddle 101

Course Description

East Asian musicians and their instruments, genres, performance traditions, and contexts. Study of the relationship of music to social, religious, historical, and philosophical trends informed by listening to the musical forms themselves in recorded and live performances. Instructor: Kramer
RELIGION 269S
Polish/jewish Film Holmgren, Beth 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Languages 320

Course Description

Analyzes, compares, and assesses representations of Polish Christians and Polish Jews -- their life experiences, interactions, shared and separate fates -- in documentaries and fiction films made in Poland from the 1930s to the present day. Includes films by Wajda, Polanski, Munk, Kieslowski; also a 2008 documentary about pre-World War II Christian-Jewish relations in Poland by Jolanta Dylewska. All films screened with English subtitles. Instructor: Holmgren
RELIGION 274FS
Religion & Politics Goldman, Shalom 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Explore how religious beliefs and practices shape identities and politics at the individual, local, national and global levels; examine the complexities of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in their diversities as well as other religious traditions such as Baha'i and Zoroastrianism; examine how theological differences shape political conflicts and conversely, how entrenched political conflicts shape religious beliefs of their respective communities. Open only to students in FOCUS Program. Instructor: Goldman
RELIGION 281
Beat Generation Spirituality Need, David 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 228

Course Description

Places Beat Generation spirituality in its contexts by study of sources and texts that influenced individual figures, specifically, the reading, world view, and practice of Kerouac, Snyder, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and di Prima; identifies the Asian and Native American texts and translations available to Americans in the post-war era and outlines Western influences (Thoreau, Spengler, Skinner, Reich, Neitzsche), reading these in relation to key mythemes of American identity and destiny in the post-War era. Instructor: Need
RELIGION 283
History And Culture Of Iran Safi, Omid 01 Th 04:55 PM-07:55 PM Franklin Center 028

Course Description

A multi-disciplinary approach to Iran and Persian culture. Covers history, religion, politics, literature, music, and cinema. Focuses on the developments in Iran leading up to and after the 1979 revolution. Does not require any knowledge of Persian or previous background. Instructor: Safi
RELIGION 340
Jewish History, 1492-present Hacohen, Malachi 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Soc/Psych 128

Course Description

Major developments in Jewish history from the early modern period to today. The Kehillah, the Spanish-Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Polish Jewry, the Safed Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, the emergence of the Chassidut, the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), Emancipation and the nation state, Reform Judaism, economic modernization, racial antisemitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, flourishing Jewish pluralism in the United States, the future: nation and Diaspora? Instructor: Hacohen
RELIGION 350S
Non-canonical Gospels Goodacre, Mark 01 W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM Social Sciences 107

Course Description

Historical-critical study of early non-canonical Christian Gospels, with special reference to the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter, the Protevangelium of James, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Papyrus Egerton 2, Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Philip, Dialogue of the Savior and Secret Mark; their relationship to other early Christian texts, their view of Jesus, their place in early Christianity; questions of authority, canon, canonical-bias, and concepts of heresy and orthodoxy. Instructor: Goodacre
RELIGION 352
Life And Letters Of Paul Goodacre, Mark 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 228

Course Description

Paul's biography and character, the social and physical circumstances of his work, his thought, and its relationship to ancient Jewish and Hellenistic ethics and beliefs. Instructor: Goodacre or staff
RELIGION 379S
Islamic Media McLarney, Ellen 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM East Duke 108

Course Description

How contemporary technologies reawaken the sense of the sacred in daily life, rather than destroy it. How technologies new and old circulate the Word in its multiple incarnations, but also cultivate modes of communal identification. How Islamic media transform the social and political landscape, as well as the way we see/ feel/ and perceive the world. How religion has been intensified, diversified, and inflected by the information age. How this media constitutes the very experience of religion. Film, video, digital media, satellite television, social media, print media, audiocassettes, radio, music. Instructor: McLarney
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