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Fall 2014
Jun 14,2024
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REL 243 - Nature,Religion and Ecology
Associated Term: Fall 2014
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Understand how different religious traditions and the cultures influenced by them view nature and the place of humankind within the natural environment. 2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Learn to apply the material in current social and personal context. Students learn how differing interpretations of the relationship between nature and the Divine give rise to a myriad of cultural norms and attitudes regarding the environment, such as vegetarianism or aversion to the mass consumption and production of material goods and urban development. 3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. Students learn differing views of the humanity and their place in the natural world. They examine contrasting views of the use and exploitation of nature to serve individual needs and desires or the general interests of human society. 4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. Students learn scholarly interpretation of key religious texts and how to analyze religiously informed ecological movements from the perspective of a social scientist, as distinct from the personal perspective of the believer or activist. 5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Students learn to express informed opinions about the relationship between spirituality and nature in a scholarly, objective and respectful manner in class discussion and in critical and analytical written work. 6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. Native, Asian, and Western traditions are examined. Minority perspectives within religious traditions which may differ from the main institutional expressions of those religions are also examined. 7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Students compare and contrast differing religious views on ecology and study spiritually informed modern ecological writers and reform movements.
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