Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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RELST 2209

In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know ... view course details

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  • 16907RELST 2209  SEM 101

RELST 2273

This course serves as both an introduction to the academic study of religion and a survey of major topics in the intersections of religious communities and environmentally sustainable practices.  Using ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2273NES 2273

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9162RELST 2273  LEC 001

RELST 2299

This course will explore the Buddhist tradition from its origins in ancient India to its migrations throughout Asia and eventually to the West. The first part of the course will deal with Indian Buddhism: ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 2299

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8941RELST 2299  LEC 001

  •  9098RELST 2299  DIS 201

  •  9099RELST 2299  DIS 202

RELST 2515

This course explores the major debates that define the study of contemporary Iran. Drawing from ethnographic works, literary criticism, intellectual histories and more, we will examine historical events ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 2415NES 2515

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16966RELST 2515  LEC 001

RELST 2630

What must (or could) God be like, and what reasons do we have for thinking that a being of that sort actually exists? What difference would (or could) the existence of God make to our lives? Religion & ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 2530

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9366RELST 2630  LEC 001

RELST 2640

Brexit, immigration, and the election of Donald Trump have all been recently heralded as signs of an imminent apocalypse. Films and fiction are saturated with images of zombies, environmental catastrophe, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2630

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16617RELST 2640  LEC 001

  • 16618RELST 2640  DIS 201

  • 16619RELST 2640  DIS 202

  • 16620RELST 2640  DIS 203

RELST 2644

Jewish communities have been established, flourished and often struggled for millennia, throughout much of the world, and in vital contact with a vast range of other peoples and cultures. This course examines ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2644NES 2644

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17342RELST 2644  LEC 001

RELST 2655

At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from ... view course details

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  •  8455RELST 2655  LEC 001

RELST 2724

The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is a repository of ancient Israelite religious, political, social, historical, and literary traditions. For the modern reader these ancient traditions are often obscured ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 2724NES 2724

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16555RELST 2724  LEC 001

RELST 3311

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the ... view course details

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  • 16427RELST 3311  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.

RELST 3312

How does music relate to the divine? This class investigates the dynamic nexus of music, theology, and socio-cultural forces in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.  Students will acquire knowledge ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MUSIC 3312

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16633RELST 3312  LEC 001

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7534RELST 4100  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 4449

This seminar will explore the development of and variety in the academic discipline of Religious Studies. We will consider the emergence of secular approaches to the study of religion arising out of the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 4449

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16425RELST 4449  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: one course in Religious Studies or permission of instructor.

RELST 4451

Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are ... view course details

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  •  8950RELST 4451  LEC 001

RELST 4462

Taught as a seminar, the course engages recent theoretical literature on the relations between religion, colonialism and nation formation.  This theoretical literature is read in conjunction with historical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 4462ASIAN 6662

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16422RELST 4462  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: one course in ANTHR, ASIAN, HIST, RELST at 3000 level or above or permission of instructor.

RELST 4537

This course offers a broad survey of contemporary Shi'i beliefs, practices, and politics with a focus on Twelver or Imami Shi'ism. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual and political ... view course details

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  • 16975RELST 4537  SEM 101

RELST 4626

Narratives, particularly sacred narratives, are not static or fixed but rather infinitely flexible and malleable.   Subject to multiple retellings—elaborations, modifications, and deletions—stories take ... view course details

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  • 17408RELST 4626  SEM 101

RELST 4990

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise ... view course details

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

RELST 4995

RELST 4995 is the first course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6095RELST 4995  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4995 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence. To enroll in Honors, please email akc52@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

RELST 4996

RELST 4996 is the second course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8873RELST 4996  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4996 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence. To enroll in Honors, please email akc52@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

RELST 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7537RELST 6020  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 6537

This course offers a broad survey of contemporary Shi'i beliefs, practices, and politics with a focus on Twelver or Imami Shi'ism. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual and political ... view course details

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  • 17019RELST 6537  SEM 101

RELST 6626

Narratives, particularly sacred narratives, are not static or fixed but rather infinitely flexible and malleable.   Subject to multiple retellings—elaborations, modifications, and deletions—stories take ... view course details

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  • 17413RELST 6626  SEM 101