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Religion, Science, and Empire: Crucible of a Globalized World
RELI 373
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 373, EDST 373

The development of modern science--and of modernity itself--not only coincided with the rise of European imperialism, it was abetted by it. Meanwhile, religion was integral to both the roots of European science and Western encounters with others. This class will explore how the intersections of religion, science, and empire have formed a globalized world with examples of European engagement with the Americas, Middle East, and, particularly, India from the age of Columbus through to the space race. We will examine how the disciplines we know today as biology, anthropology, archaeology, folklore, and the history of religions all crystallized in the crucible of imperial encounter and how non-Westerners have embraced, engaged, and resisted these epistemes.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(GSAS-MN)(MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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