Newest course Religion and Ecology
Religion and Ecology (Religious Studies 147) is the newest course for
the Outdoor Studies Minor.
It is available starting fall semester 2010,
taught by Professor Desmond. Course description:
How does religion shape human understanding of, and participation in,
ecological systems? This course will sample widely from a range of
religious traditions to come to a better understanding of
the diverse ways that people have developed for interacting with
animals, plants, water, and the land, and how those behaviors work in
tandem with systems of knowledge. The class will have a
substantial focus on environmental ethics, and will think hard about how
different religious systems might contribute to either or both
environmental degradation and solutions to environmental problems.
Traditions sampled will include Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Daoism,
Judaism, Buddhism, Native American religions, and Wicca/Neo-Paganism.