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Comparative Religion

Thomson Hall Room 433
(206) 543-4835

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Comparative Religion Courses 2015-16          

  1. Electives (Courses that apply toward the major in Comparative Religion)
  2. Winter Courses 2016
  3. Spring Courses Tentative List 2016

Winter Courses 2016

Tiger Monk 

There may be some changes to the list below. Please see UW's Time Schedule for the most upto-date course information.
Major requirements codes: REQ = required, TXT = Textual Canon, HIST = Historical Traditions, and SOC = Social Contexts and Cultural Forms.

JSIS 201      SLN 15844    5 credits     REQUIRED COURSE
Making of the 21st Century
MWF 1230-120; QZ on TTh

JSIS C 155     SLN 21623     5 credits     SOC
Heroes, Heretics & Radicals
TTh 1:30-3:20
This seminar investigates the heroes, heretics, and radical pioneers of movements around the beginning of the Common Era (150 bce–150 ce).
Jesus’and Paul’s names are well-known today, but there were many other men and women who revolutionized the religious landscape in antiquity, some of
whom are remembered as heroes, some as heretics, while some are almost entirely forgotten. Students are invited to investigate the ancient evidence forthese heroes, heretics, and radicals in the Holy Land and beyond. While we learn about the life of people in Palestine at the beginning of the CommonEra, we will employ the tools that scholars use to create history. Over the course of the semester, students are empowered to participate in the makingof history by analyzing primary sources, engaging critically with secondary sources, and authoring their own historical narrative.
RCC Seminar
T 1:30-4:20
JSIS C 202     SLN 16008     5 credits    REQ
Introduction to World Religions: Eastern Traditions
TTh 1:30-3:20; Quiz F

JSIS C 250     SLN 16019    5 credits     SOC
Introduction to Jewish Cultural History
MW 1:30-3:20

JSIS 307/POL S 307    SLN 16021    5 credits    SOC
Religion & World Politics
MW 10:30 - 11:40; sections TTh

JSIS C 403/GEOG 403   16033 SLN    5 credits    SOC
Modern European-Islamic Migration, Integration & Citizenship
MW 9:30- 11:20

JSIS C 490/590     SLN 16037    5 credits     HIST
Special Topics: Scripture and Canon in Buddhism
M 3:30-6:20 PM
JSIS C 495/JSIS C 502    SLN 16039    5 credits   
Beyond Comparison: the history of early Judaism and Christianity / Religion in Comparative Perspective
MW 2:30-4:20
In this advanced Jewish Studies seminar, we take an in-depth view of the classical period of Jewish history (fourth century BCE to sixth century CE) and the way scholars have reshaped it in recent decades. We examine the groundbreaking contributions that have shaped and changed the field of early Judaism and how the field has grown in conversation with the fields of biblical studies and early Christian studies (e.g. “the ways that never parted” in Jewish and Christian history). We also explore new frontiers of research that complicate religious boundaries such as magic, mysticism, and sacred song. Studying the approaches that have reshaped the field of ancient Judaism sheds light on the most important theories in the study of religion and ancient history in general: from anthropology to literary theory, feminism, etc. We will discuss not only the challenges of (and opportunities for) research, but also the challenges of teaching history and religion today. Open to senior undergraduates and graduate students.

JSIS C 590     SLNB 16042    5 credits
Special Topics: Heterodox Cosmologies and Social Behavior
Th 3:30-6:20

JSIS C 598      SLN 16043     1 credit    REQ Grad students
CRP Colloquium
W 5:30-7 PM

Additional Comparative Religion Electives for Winter 2016


ANTH 269    SLN 10278    5 credits    SOC                                                                                                                     
Special Topics: Introduction to the Silk Road
TTh 1:30-3:20

ASIAN 206     SLN 10549     5 credits     TXT
Literature and Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity
TTh 2:30-4:20 + sections F 2:30-3:30   SLN 10550  or F 3:30-4:20     SLN 10551
GWN 201
Buddhist Studies Seminar
BIBHEB 202/522    Restr 11183    5 credits    
Inscriptions from Biblical Times
MWF 10:30-11:50
CDH 115

CLAS 430    SLN 12488    3 credits    SOC
Greek and Roman Mythology
MWF 9:30-10:20
KNE 110

ENGL 310    14132    5 credits
Bible as Literature
MW 12:30-2:20
SIG 227

HSTAM 370     SLN 15313    5 credits

The Vikings
MTWTh 11:30-12:20
SIG 134

HSTAM 490    SLN 15314    5 credits     SOC
Topics Ancient and Medieval History: Reacting to the Past: Religion and Politics in the European Middle Ages
TTh 9:30-11:20
SMI 107
HSTEU 402 

TTh 8:30 - 10:20; Quiz F8:30-9:30; 9:30-10:20; 10:30-11:20
NEAR E 311/511
The Archaeology of Biblical Israel (5 cr.)
M/W 3:30-5:20
UGARIT 202/522 5 credits
TTh 10:30-12:50



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  • Spring Courses Tentative List 2016



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Student Advising, Linda Iltis
Transfer credits from another university to UW, inquire about learning abroad programs etc
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