Courses

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Fall 2021

This course introduces major world religions and the scholarly methods of the academic study of religion. Religions covered may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and/or New Religious Movements. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 5: Humanities.


1110.001

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Time/s: MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Education 103

  • Type: Lecture

1110.002

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Time/s: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 120

  • Type: Lecture

1110.006

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.008

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.009

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.010

Instructor: ,
Online Class

1110.011

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Online ClassLocation:

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

An introduction to the history, beliefs, practices, and development of the Hebrew and later Jewish religion as reflected in the Hebrew Biblical Scriptures, using a historical and critical approach, with attention given to understanding its socio-cultural and political environment.


1123.001

Instructor: Todd, Judith
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

Introduces students to how people’s religious beliefs and practices influence their perspectives on health and their approaches to medical care and treatment. In units arranged by religion or region (North American indigenous religion, African religion, Hinduism, Chinese religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), students will learn how religious beliefs and practices relate to rites of passage, sexuality, women’s health, diet, mental health, trauma, and end of life issues. In addition to assessing students’ knowledge of the relationship between religion and perspectives on health and medical care and treatment, course assignments will raise students awareness of how people with different worldviews interact. Course requirements or activities also will teach them how to evaluate their own biases and how to assess the biases and credibility of various sources of information about religion, health, and medicine found on the Internet and elsewhere.


1550.001

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture


2110.001

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Education 105

  • Type: Lecture

2110.002

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location: Online MAX UNM LEARN

2110.003

Instructor: Shetiya, Vibha
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

2110.004

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

This is a survey course that will cover major religious traditions of the West, including the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and other religious systems. The course will focus on how each tradition has developed historically and how it exists in the world today. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 5: Humanities.


2120.001

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 333

  • Type: Lecture

2120.003

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as AFST 303) Students will be introduced to the Black experience, which necessitates the redefinition of God and Jesus Christ in the lives of Black people as the struggle for transcendental and political freedom.


303.001

Instructor: ,

This course examines the life and role of the Prophet Muhammad, the message of the Qur'an, and the history of the theological, philosophical, legal, and mystical dimensions of Islam to the present.


312.001

Instructor: ,

312.002

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Time/s: TR 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Humanities 108

(Also offered as HIST 326/526) The history of Christianity from its beginnings in Palestine to the eve of the Protestant Reformation. Primary focus will be on the rich variety of forms-doctrinal, liturgical and institutional-that Christianity assumed through the Medieval centuries. Also of concern will be its contributions and significance as a civilizing force. {Fall}


326.001

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

A historical survey of Buddhist practices, beliefs, material culture, institutions, and figures from the time of the historical Buddha through to the contemporary period.


332.001

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Ortega Hall 109

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as AMST 346) This course examines New Mexican religion from the seventeenth century onward, considering how life here shapes religious practice, and how religion factors in how visitors imagine and represent inhabitants.


346.001

Instructor: ,

Studies in major religious figures or movements. Topic varies.


347.001 T: Curanderismo Part I

Instructor: Torres, Eliseo
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Topics

347.002 T: Catholicism in LatinAmerica

Instructor: Wood, Richard
Time/s: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Mitchell Hall 121

This class is designed to survey some classical and contemporary currents in Atheism.  We will start by looking at different definitions of and types of Atheism, as well as current demographic and psychological profiles of atheists.  Then, we will look at some of the key atheistic critiques of arguments for  the existence of God, including critical discussions (with theistic responses) of the Argument from Design and the Ontological Argument.  We will also investigate a few influential atheistic explanations of religious belief, and evaluate the merits and demerits of those approaches.  Although the course will be primarily concerned with atheistic critiques of the Western monotheistic traditions, a few brief forays into some non-Western traditions will be included.
  • Type: Topics

347.003 T: Sex and Religion

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Topics

347.004 T: Soc of Pluralism & Differ

Instructor: Wood, Richard
Time/s: R 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 328

  • Type: Topics

(Also offered as HIST 441) This class will cover the rise and development of the nation's religious groups, from first contact to the present day. The focus will be on the social impact of the groups and how they influenced the development of American life.


441.002

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Seminar

Major religious figures or movements. Topic varies. Prerequisite: one Religious Studies course.


447.001 Sem: Buber's Mystic Philosophy

Instructor: Oberst, Joachim L
Time/s: W 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Collaborative Teaching & Learn 210

  • Type: Seminar

(Also offered as ITAL *475) Principally the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy.


475.001

Instructor: Duke, Rachele
Time/s: TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Ortega Hall 107

  • Type: Seminar

Restriction: permission of program chairperson.


497.001

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel

  • Type: Seminar

497.002

Instructor: Bussanich, John

  • Type: Seminar

497.003

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.004

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.005

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.006

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.008

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.009

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.010

Instructor: Bridgers, Lynn
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.011

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

Spring 2022

This course introduces major world religions and the scholarly methods of the academic study of religion. Religions covered may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and/or New Religious Movements. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 5: Humanities.


1110.001

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location:

  • Type: Lecture

1110.002

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Time/s: MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 328

  • Type: Lecture

1110.003

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.004

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.005

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

An introduction to the history, beliefs, practices, and development of the early Christian religion as reflected in the New Testament, using a historical and critical approach, with attention given to understanding its socio-cultural and political environment.


1126.001

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Time/s: TR 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location:

  • Type: Lecture

Introduces students to how people’s religious beliefs and practices influence their perspectives on health and their approaches to medical care and treatment. In units arranged by religion or region (North American indigenous religion, African religion, Hinduism, Chinese religion, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), students will learn how religious beliefs and practices relate to rites of passage, sexuality, women’s health, diet, mental health, trauma, and end of life issues. In addition to assessing students’ knowledge of the relationship between religion and perspectives on health and medical care and treatment, course assignments will raise students awareness of how people with different worldviews interact. Course requirements or activities also will teach them how to evaluate their own biases and how to assess the biases and credibility of various sources of information about religion, health, and medicine found on the Internet and elsewhere.


1550.001

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

1550.002

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture


2110.001

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 128

  • Type: Lecture

2110.004

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

2110.005

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location: Online MAX 1

This is a survey course that will cover major religious traditions of the West, including the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and other religious systems. The course will focus on how each tradition has developed historically and how it exists in the world today. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 5: Humanities.


2120.003

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

2120.004

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

An examination of the social, political, and cultural aspects of fundamentalism in the contemporary Muslim world.


313.001

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Time/s: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location:

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as CLST 319) This course examines issues pertaining to gender and sexuality in ancient Mediterranean religions and cultures, with special attention paid to Greco-Roman religion, Judaism, and Christianity.


319.001

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 123

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as CLST 320) This course examines the perception and reality of magic in the ancient Mediterranean world by examining relevant texts, spells, and relics to situate it within the practice of ancient religion.


320.001

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Time/s: TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Mitchell Hall 101

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as HIST 327/527) The development of Christianity from the Protestant Reformation to the modern day, with focus on the variety of forms Christianity assumed throughout this period as it moved outward from Europe and became a world religion.


327.001

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Lecture

This course takes saints as an entry point for exploring North American Catholic history. We focus on the practices by which ordinary Catholics make men and women into saints after their deaths.


343.001

Instructor: Holscher, Kathleen
Time/s: W 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:

  • Type: Lecture

Studies in major religious figures or movements. Topic varies.


347.001 T: Food and Religion

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location:

  • Type: Topics

347.002 T: Sociology of Religion

Instructor: Wood, Richard
Time/s: MW 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: Bandelier Hall East 105

  • Type: Topics

347.003 T: Mysticism: East & West

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Topics

347.004 T: Curanderismo

Instructor: Torres, Eliseo
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Topics

(Also offered as HIST 441) This class will cover the rise and development of the nation's religious groups, from first contact to the present day. The focus will be on the social impact of the groups and how they influenced the development of American life.


441.001

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX UNM LEARN

  • Formally designed for online delivery with professional instructional design support and recommended best practices for online instruction. Course materials prepared specifically for online students and instruction. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information.
  • Type: Seminar

Major religious figures or movements. Topic varies. Prerequisite: one Religious Studies course.


447.001 Sem: Evolution of Religiosity

Instructor: Watson, Paul
Time/s: TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Castetter Hall (Biology) 107

  • Type: Seminar

447.002 Sem: Sports and Religion

Instructor: Balmer, Randall
Time/s: T 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

An examination and critique of influential 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century scientific attempts to explain religion in contrast to supernaturalist theories. Also considered are some postmodernist and evolutionary psychology perspectives on religion. Prerequisite: one upper-division course in Religious Studies.


452.001

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Time/s: TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Mitchell Hall 109

  • Type: Lecture

(Also offered as ITAL *475) Principally the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy.


475.001

Instructor: Duke, Rachele
Time/s: TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Ortega Hall 243

  • Type: Seminar

Restriction: permission of program chairperson.


497.001

Instructor: ,

  • Type: Seminar

497.002

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel

  • Type: Seminar

497.003

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.004

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.005

Instructor: Holscher, Kathleen
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.006

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.007

Instructor: Bridgers, Lynn
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.008

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.009

Instructor: Gorton, Luke
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.010

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.011

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

497.012

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Location:

  • Type: Seminar

Tutorial arrangement with a member of the graduate faculty.


551.001

Instructor: ,

  • Type: Lecture

551.002

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Location:

  • Type: Lecture