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Introduction to Religion and Ecology
W 4:00pm - 5:30pm
This course introduces the newly emerging field of religion and ecology and traces its development over the last several decades. It explores human relations to the natural world as differentiated in religious and cultural traditions. In particular, it investigates the symbolic and lived expressions of these interconnections in diverse religious texts, ethics, and practices. In addition, the course draws on the scientific field of ecology for an understanding of the dynamic processes of Earth’s ecosystems. The course explores parallel developments in human-Earth relations defined as religious ecologies. Similarly, it identifies narratives that orient humans to the cosmos, namely, religious cosmologies.
This course runs from August 31st - October 12th.
Students are expected to complete each week:
-3 hours of viewing online lectures and videos
-3 hours of reading books and articles
-online assignments posted to Canvas
-group discussions (online or in the classroom for one hour per week)