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GBLC-7003-60: Sociology of World Religions (UPPER)
What is religion? Who is God? In this upper-level hybrid religious studies course, students will learn about our global world religions. This course will allow students to study religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, Christianity and many more. Each student will learn about and present a religion through its history, literature, traditions, customs and rituals. The goal of this course is to introduce the academic study of world religions. Students will not engage in personal religious dialogue; instead they will study religion from a critical and academic perspective. In this course we will engage the study of religion with the goal of being open-minded and seeing the world from a more complex and humanitarian perspective.
HUMA-7050-60: The Humanity of Technology (INTRO)
Humanity has long been fascinated by technology. From the inventions and societal change of the Industrial Revolution to today's reliance on computers, the internet, and social media, people have always had a complex relationship with their technology. Future trends in AI and virtual reality seem to have been based on the imaginings of science fiction, yet they too will soon be a part of our lives. Is all this technology having a positive or a negative influence? Can humanism and computers coincide? We will analyze a variety of different genres, time periods, and media in our examination of the issue, including films, TV shows, stories, and non-fiction articles. From the sci-fi warning tales of Isaac Asimov to contemporary studies of the impact of social media on mental health, technology seems to be getting a bad reputation, but is it deserved? Can we harness technology for the betterment of humankind?
SOSC-7021-60: The History of Philosophy (INTRO)
Philosophy is the discipline in which humanity asks the deepest of questions about itself and its relationship to the surrounding world. What can I know and how do I know it? Can I trust that there is a world outside my mind? What is a good life? What is the nature of beauty? Of truth? Of existence? In this course we will look at the answers to these questions, and others, proposed by some of the titans of the history of human thought. If you want to understand the roots of our modern ideas, this is the course for you.
SOSC-7030-60: Anarchism (UPPER)
What is anarchism? Often misrepresented as being equated with chaos, vandalism and terror, anarchism instead is a political philosophy with a particular view of human nature and particular visions around political, economic, and social organization. It began in the 19th century in response to slavery, authoritarianism and capital exploitation, and has over its history had supporters around the world. Direct expressions of anarchist ideas have re-emerged in recent years, through the sharing economy, the Occupy movement, popular culture depictions (e.g. Mr. Robot, Rage Against the Machine), and the development of cryptocurrencies. Today, anarchism is often focused on corporate capitalism, environmental sustainability, indigenous rights, and sexual freedom. This course will explore the diversity of anarchist ideas, anarchist critiques of political power and hierarchy, and review concrete examples of anarchism in practice.