2018-2019 Catalog

RLST - Religious Studies Courses

RLST 10 Introduction to Scripture: Hebrew Scriptures

A study of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) against the background of the religion, politics, history, and culture of Israel and its neighbors, and in relation to modern humanity's social and religious concerns.

Credits
3

RLST 15 Introduction to Scripture: New Testament

An overview of earliest Christianity as portrayed in the major epistles of Paul and in the Gospels. This course will focus upon the origin and formation of these faith documents and their role as sources of Christian belief and life.

Credits
3

RLST 75A World Wisdom Traditions: Survey

This course explores some of the major religious and philosophical traditions of the world. The Survey considers traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Sacred Ways. Other courses focus on one tradition.

Credits
3

RLST 110 Introduction to Scripture: Hebrew Scriptures

A study of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) against the background of the religion, politics, history, and culture of Israel and its neighbors, and in relation to modern humanity's social and religious concerns.

Credits
3

RLST 115 Introduction to Scripture: New Testament

An overview of earliest Christianity as portrayed in the major epistles of Paul and in the Gospels. This course will focus upon the origin and formation of these faith documents and their role as sources of Christian belief and life.

Credits
3

RLST 122 Religion, Philosophy, and Human Rights

This course introduces students to the major religious and philosophical perspectives providing the historical roots of contemporary discussions of human rights and social ethics.

Credits
3

RLST 128 Migration and Ethics

An interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary immigration with a primary focus on ethical assessment of U.S. immigration policies and practices from a variety of perspectives: philosophy, Christian anthropology, social science, law, and policy.

Credits
3

RLST 130 Spirituality and Social Justice

This course will explore the meaning of social justice as one component of Christian spirituality, focusing on social issues such as poverty, oppression, human dignity, and holiness. As one part of this Community-Based Learning course, the students will travel together to Tutwiler, Mississippi to engage with and serve that impoverished community. Additional fees are required for courses including travel. Please consult with Director, Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement.

Credits
3

RLST 131B Themes in Spirituality: Women's Spirituality

An introductory survey of crucial topics in the study of women's spirituality.

Credits
3

RLST 145 Sex, Marriage and Family: Sociology and Sacrament

In this course, students study and reflect upon the various dynamics of human sexuality, marriage, and family life in dialogue with the social sciences, Christian spirituality, and their own experience. Students examine the practices of individuals and groups at different stages of life and in different cultural settings, paying particular attention to their effectiveness in satisfying the human needs for intimacy and a meaningful spirituality. The approach will be intercultural, interdisciplinary, and interreligious, with a focus on the interaction of human development, family life, and a Catholic perspective on a Christian spirituality of marriage.

Credits
3

RLST 148 U.S. Religious Communities and Experiences

An introduction to the sociological and historical experiences of diverse religious groups in the United States, employing comparative perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches. The course will use experiential learning to give students an understanding the contemporary mosaic of religion in America, with a special focus on California and the Bay Area.

Credits
3

Cross Listed Courses

Crosslisted as HIST 178 and SOCI 178

RLST 165B Themes in Contemporary Theology: Jesus

An exploration of contemporary theology: Jesus and his followers.

Credits
3

RLST 165C Themes in Contemporary Theology: God

An exploration of questions such as "who or what is God?"

Credits
3

RLST 175A World Wisdom Traditions: Survey

This course explores some of the major religious and philosophical traditions of the world. The Survey considers traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Indigenous Sacred Ways. Other courses focus on one tradition.

Credits
3