ASIAN 2257

ASIAN 2257

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

We are living in a period of mass extinctions of animals, insects, plants and mega-flora (trees) and widescale climate disruption. Our paradigms for making sense of what is being called "the great unraveling" are inadequate. In this course, we explore how various religious traditions have regarded the possible sentience of the non-human world and how discourses of apocalypse, cycles of dissolution and renewal, and stewardship, conservation and interdependence shape the ways religious people are responding to this emerging reality of unraveling ecosystems. We examine how protest movements have incorporated religious symbolism and actions. The goal of this course is to explore the ways that people relate to these realities at the level of what it means to be a human being in this moment. How are religious traditions responding to these emerging crises? How do traditions draw on existing paradigms and in what ways do religious communities address the dissonance when existing systems of understanding fail to account for the current realities? How do religious traditions offer moral imperatives for addressing these issues?

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (ETM-AS, KCM-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: RELST 2257

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 20069 ASIAN 2257   LEC 001

    • TR Uris Hall 202
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person