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Religions Resist Modernity

RELI 381
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations

Why did the Taliban forbid television? Why do creationists reject evolution? Why did Gandhi insist that Indian nationalists spin their own thread? Throughout the last century, resistance has risen to modernity, and religion has played an increasingly important role in challenging the globalization of modern Western values. This seminar will explore how Europe transformed itself into a modern society with worldwide influence. Then it will investigate how the Lakota Sioux, Christian creationists, Mohandas Gandhi, Malcolm X, the Branch Davidians, and the Taliban each have used religion in an attempt to resist some aspect of modernity either outside the Western world and within it.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Three short papers are used to assess and improve the students' writing abilities and a long research paper provides the opportunity to demonstrate refined skills. The professor encourages the submission of drafts and review of completed papers.
The entire course is structured around moments of intercultural miscommunication, misinterpretation, and conflict. It prompts students to discern the logics and assumptions informing the perspectives of various sides.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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