A 2019 course by Peter Gottschalk at Wesleyan University considers religion “as a phenomenon . . . the meaning of ‘sacredness’ & ‘the sacred’ and question their comparative use” in various religious traditions.
A 2017 course by Jessica Starling examines “acts of self-discipline in a variety of cultural contexts, including Eastern (Jain, Hindu, Buddhist), Western (Stoic, Christian mystic), and modern secular (eco-activism, fasting diets, and extreme exercise regimes)” and through this “various understandings of the self, the body, desire, liberation and virtue.”
A 2008 course by Catherine Wessinger at Loyola University New Orleans aims to “understand the ways women’s roles in society and religious beliefs are interrelated and affect one another . . . through the historical study of some of the major religions of the world.”
A 2010 course by Kenneth Atkinson at the University of Northern Iowa introduces “the academic study of religion and the worldâs major religions. . . . not only study the good side of religion, but we will also explore together the origins of contemporary religious violence in order to help you understand the important role that faith continues to play in world conflicts.”
A 2011 course by Daniel Alvarez at Florida International University “is an introduction to the study of religion. It will analyze various elements common to world religions and their expressions. In addition, it will examine the search for the transcendent and its implications at both the personal and the social level.”
A 2017 course by Dan Capper at the University of Southern Mississippi “is a basic introduction to the variety of the worldâs religions as well as methods for studying them. . . . In rapid survey we will discuss the nature of religion; indigenous religions; and the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam.”