Religions Resisting Modernity (FYS)|
Spring 2022 not offered
Why did some Native Americans turn to dance while resisting federal troops? Why do creationists reject evolution? Why do some French Muslims wear a veil when their mothers didn't? 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, and Mohandas Gandhi each have used religion in an attempt to resist some aspect of modernity, either outside the Western world or within it. No background in the study of religions is necessary. Ultimately, the course will challenge our very understandings and expectations of what it means to be modern.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
John Neihardt, BLACK ELK SPEAKS
Robert Lee, INHERIT THE WIND
Mohandas Gandhi, MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH
Stuart Wright, ed. ARMAGEDDON IN WACO
Ahmed Rashid, THE TALIBAN
Jennifer Heath, THE VEIL
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers, one exam, 12-page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
Attendance and participation is mandatory. This course fulfills a "Thematic Approach" requirement.
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