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Course Descriptions

RP233 INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES (4) An introduction to the field of Peace Studies, exploring topics from various disciplinary and cultural perspectives. Examination of theory and practice included. [Skill: T]

RP332 MEDIATION (4) Study of the theory and practice of mediation. Opportunity to learn from practitioners of mediation on campus and in the local community. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: RP130, RP140, or RP233.

RP231 INTRODUCTION TO QUAKERS (4) An introductory study of the faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) with more emphasis on current Friends' experience than the history of this religious community. [Skill: T]

RP236 INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING (4) Introduction to the attitudes and skills of critical thinking. Emphasis on the identification and analysis of informal fallacies.and some features of formal logic. [Skill: T]

RP239 VALUES AND ETHICS (4) A survey of major ethical theories and contemporary moral issues (possible topics include abortion, war and pacifism, sexual ethics, environmental ethics) emphasizing the human experience of moral decision-making in a changing world of competing values. Includes a Service component. [Skill: T]

RP333 EXPLORING CHRISTIANITY (4) A survey of the development of Christianity from its origins in the life and teachings of Jesus through the fourth century C.E. Through journaling about and discussion of readings from the New Testament and beyond, students will explore such topics as the many faces of Jesus, Gnostic Christianity, development of the canon, apocalyptic literature, attitudes toward sexuality and marriage, women's roles, and martyrdom. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: RP130, RP140, or RP233.

PS333G-SS CASE STUDIES IN NONVIOLENCE AND RECONCILIATION (4) Using several historical and contemporary cases, this course will introduce students to the power of strategic nonviolence against some of the most repressive governments in history, including Hitler, Milosevic, the Soviet Union, etc.The course will also examine attempts at post-conflict nonviolent reconciliation. The motivation behind these nonviolent movements and approaches to reconcilitation, their strategies, and why so little is known about them will be considered. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: PS130, SY130, or PS234G-SS.

RP330G-HU COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS (4) Introduces methodological approaches to the study of world religions, focusing on religions of Native peoples, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the religions of China and Japan. Through consideration of sacred texts, myth, and ritual, students will explore both the unique aspects and common beliefs and practices that tie these world religions together. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: RP130, RP140, or RP233.

RP339G-HU NONVIOLENCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE (4) A study of the philosophical and religious perspectives guiding practitioners of non-violence seeking social change, for example, Martin Luther King, Jr., John Woolman, Shirin Ebadi, Thich Nhat Hanh.and Mahatma Gandhi. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: RP130, RP140, or RP233.

RP470 INTERNSHIP (4) An opportunity to apply study in Religion and Philosophy to a workplace setting, for example, a religious organization, a social agency, a public or private school classroom. Approval of placement expected after consultation with the instructor.

RP495 SENIOR PROJECT (4) An opportunity to conduct scholarly research on a topic in Religion or Philosophy extending study in a particular course or exploring a new direction of inquiry. Approval of topic expected after consultation with instructor.