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juxtaposition of traditional and popular culture. Initial sessions will provide an
         orientation to enduring historical and cultural foundations and values as well as
         contemporary issues that inform everyday life in Japan. While in Japan, class members
         will participate in a variety of activities and discussions; will complete field excursions to
         historical, cultural, educational, and religious settings; and will read materials relevant
         to these themes. Students will also explore contemporary culture by observing and
         interacting with Japanese citizens and hearing from guest lecturers. The course typically
         includes travel to and within the Kyoto-Osaka (Kansai), Kanazawa, Hiroshima, and
         Tokyo (Kanto) regions of Japan. Same course as SOC 249. Prerequisites: SOC 101, 102,
         ANT 101, PSY 161, EST 123, GSS 171, or JPN 102. (Social Science)

RELIGION

         REL 101-1. Introduction to Religion (FYS)
         Our course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the study of religion and the
         humanities in an academic setting. We will examine the relationship between thought
         and experience, the meaning of the sacred in space and time, and the function of myth
         and ritual as means to understand the commonalities and differences in and among
         human individuals and cultures. (FYS) SACKS

         REL 125-2. Topic: Biblical Hebrew
         Introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible and associated cultures of the Ancient
         Near East. Students will learn the essentials of grammar, vocabulary, and culture
         through reading selections from the Hebrew Bible and associated post-Biblical
         literatures. No previous foreign language experience required. Offered every third year.
         (Language)

         REL 359-7. Issues in Christianity in America. America: Christianity,
         Democracy, and Religious Freedom
         This course explores Christianity and religious freedom within the context of a dynamic
         American landscape characterized by growing religious diversity, "geo-religious reality,"
         and a democracy with its balance of majority rule and minority rights. The aim of the
         course is to gain nuanced understandings of myriad perspectives so as to navigate
         through the complexities involved in competing claims of personal religious pursuit and
         religious freedom in the public sphere. In this course we will wrestle with such topics as
         the role of religious authority, politicized religious pressure groups, equal rights of
         conscience, respect and human dignity, and religious toleration. Offered every third year.
         Not repeatable, even when topic is different. (Humanities) SACKS

         REL 366-8. Advanced Topic: Uncanny Doubles and Counterfeit Selves
         This course will examine the philosophy, mythology and psychology of "other selves" of
         Gods, spirits and humans, including twins, doppelgangers, clones, the soul, divine
         multiplicities and multiple personalities. Students will engage the meaning and
         morphology of selfhood within the context of classical and modern sources.
         (Humanities) SACKS

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