Courses

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Spring 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: Wolne, Daniel
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Students may complete course work independently. Instructor will arrange remote online instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.002

Instructor: Candelaria, Michael
Time/s: MW 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 136
Time/s: F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. In addition to Face-to-Face instruction, student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.003

Instructor: Wolne, Daniel
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.004

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

1110.005

Instructor: ,
Online Class

1110.006

Instructor: ,
Online Class

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: R 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 227
Time/s: T 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. In addition to Face-to-Face instruction, student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. No online fee.
  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

Provides an academic overview of the major religious traditions of Asia, which may include the religions of India (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, China (Daoism and Confucianism, Chan Buddhism), and Japan (Shinto and Zen Buddhism). Students will be assigned both primary and secondary texts. Meets New Mexico General Education Curriculum Area 5: Humanities.


2110.001

Instructor: Ulrich, Katherine
Time/s: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. Instructor will arrange remote instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

2110.002

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Location: Online MAX 1

2110.003

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

2110.004

Instructor: Gerber, Lisa
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • 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.


2120.001

Instructor: Lipka, Hilary
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Students may complete course work independently. Instructor will arrange remote online instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

2120.003

Instructor: Ray, Donna
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • 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: Becknell, Charles
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Students may complete course work independently. Instructor will arrange remote online instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

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: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Time/s: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. Instructor will arrange remote instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • 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

  • Computer and internet connection required. Students may complete course work independently. Instructor will arrange remote online instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • 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. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

This course examines Hindu scriptures and practices to understand how deities and their relationships with men and women, high and low castes, and the natural and social worlds have changed over time.


335.001

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

  • Computer and internet connection required. Student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. Instructor will arrange remote instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • 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: ,

Studies in major religious figures or movements. Topic varies.


347.004 T: Gender and the Bible

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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Topics

347.010 T: Curanderismo Part 2

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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Topics

An introduction exploring relationships between the literary and religious traditions. {Fall}


350.001

Instructor: Van Andel, Kelly
Online ClassLocation: Online MAX 1

K. Van Andel

Religion and literature and the myths and stories that define them arguably serve as the foundation of culture. Long before the development of academic disciplines and critical thought, the practice of contemplating and explaining the self and the universe through narrative and poetry proved essential for understanding the world and one’s place it in. Today, although we work and think with highly sophisticated thought patterns within specialized academic disciplines, the key to understanding ourselves and culture still often lies in story. This course on religion and literature builds on this truth. Through three units entitled: “The Nature of the Divine,” “Self and Other,”and “Society and Culture,” the course discusses how the act and art of story telling not only helps us understand the past but also the present construction of the world. The course material focuses on the literature related to the three Abrahamic faiths−Judaism, Christianity, and Islam−and uses such to explore each unit’s themes. There are two exams, one short reflection assignment, and weekly reading quizzes and class discussion.

  • 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. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • Type: Lecture

This course introduces students to the history of Roman Catholicism in the United States, emphasizing the interaction of Catholicism with politics and culture, and the religious lives of ordinary Catholics.


351.001

Instructor: Yates, Franklin
Time/s: R 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Dane Smith Hall 227
Time/s: T 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. In addition to Face-to-Face instruction, student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

(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. Computer and Internet connection required. Please visit http://online.unm.edu/getting-started for more information. No online fee for spring 2021.
  • 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: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. Instructor will arrange remote instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Seminar

447.003 Sem: Mormonism

Instructor: Balmer, Randall

  • Computer and internet connection required. Students may complete course work independently. Instructor will arrange remote online instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • 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: Wolne, Daniel
Time/s: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Remote Instruction UNM LEARN

  • Computer and internet connection required. Student must be available for remote online course meetings at specific day and times. Instructor will arrange remote instruction schedule. No online fee.
  • Type: Lecture

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: Ray, Donna

  • Type: Lecture

551.002

Instructor: Banihashemi, Mozafar
Location:

  • Type: Lecture