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Fall 2012-2013
ENV 337 / REL 337 (EM)  

Religion, Ecology, and Cosmology

John A. Grim
Mary Evelyn Tucker

This course explores religions within the horizon of interdependent life and the cosmos. It investigates the symbolic and lived expressions of this interconnection in religious texts and practices. The course draws on science for understanding the dynamic processes of the universe, Earth, life, and ecosystems. In part I, we explore ecological perspectives from Indigenous traditions, Christianity, and Confucianism. In part II we survey environmental ethics. Finally, we examine the scientific story of the unfolding universe as a cosmological narrative orienting human-Earth relations.

Sample reading list:
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase
John Grim, Indigenous Traditions and Ecology
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change?
Nurit Bird-David, Animism Revisited
Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, Cosmology as Ecological Analysis
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The course readings will be between 50-100 pages per week.Two short written postings and one written mid term exam are required in addition to a final creative project which will count for 35% of final grade.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23212 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Lewis Library   121   Enrolled:18 Limit:25