Religious Studies 200: Introduction to Religious Ethics

 

Tentative Schedule of Classes and Assignments, Spring Term 2011-2012

 

Week One

 

January

5 Introduction to Abrahamic Traditions

 

Week Two

 

10 History of Judaism

            Reading: UWR 55-83

 

12 Foundations of Judaism: The Covenant

            Reading: Exodus 19-24

 

Week Three

 

17 Social Justice in Judaism

            Reading: Book of Amos

 

19 Current Issues in Jewish Ethics

 

Week Four

 

24 History of Christianity

            Reading: UWR 85-115

 

26 No class – Dr. Kennedy Away – View film on-line

            Assignment: http://www.nfb.ca/film/strangest_dream

 

Week Five

 

31 Discussion of Film, “The Strangest Dream”; Christian Ethics

            Reading: Augustine, On True Religion

 

February

2 Foundations of Christian Ethics

            Reading: Aquinas, Summa theologiae, in McInerny (pp. 482-550)

 

Week Six

 

7 Modern Ethics

            Reading: Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

 

9 Review

 

Week Seven

 

14 Mid-Term Examination

 

16 Christian Social Ethics

            Reading: UWR 227-252

 

Reading Week

 

Week Eight

 

28 Introduction to Islam

            Reading: UWR 117-147

 

March

1 Foundations of Muslim Ethics

            Reading: Qur’an

 

Week Nine

 

6 Social Justice in Muslim Thought

 

8 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

            Reading: UWR 189-226

 

Week Ten

 

13 Issues in Islamic Jurisprudence

            Reading: TBA

 

15 Islam and the West

 

Week Eleven

 

20 Liberation Theologies

            Reading: UWR 253-276

 

22 Methods of Ethics and the Question of Liberation

 

Week Twelve

 

27 Just War Theory                  Research Paper Due

            Reading: UWR 303-332

 

29 Religion and Violence: East and West

 

Week Thirteen

 

April

3 Native American Worldviews

            Reading: UWR 149-168

 

5 Ecology and Environmental Ethics

 

Week Fourteen

 

10 Review