Religious Studies | Star Trek & Religion
R222 | 4142 | Weaver


We will examine some of the ways religion appears in the Star Trek
Cluster (Original Series, Next Generation, and Voyager
specifically).  The action of this science-fiction series is set in
the future, but the ideas come from past and present debates, many
of them about religion (its meaning, its place, its value).  We will
explore two related areas of religious thinking in Trek.  First, we
will read critics who hope for the demise of religion, then explore
those who think religion can be re-imagined in mystical or cosmic
terms.
Course Design: two 75-minute classes/week.  The first day of each
week is dedicated to understanding the readings and ideas of the
week, the second day of each week we will watch an episode and
related clips from other episodes AND take a reading quiz that
relates the assigned reading to those episodes.  Grades will be
based on those weekly quizzes plus a term paper (6-8 pages).  The
course is both “fun” and rigorous: the fun part is watching TV, the
rigorous part is the READER and quizzes.  Attendance is required at
all classes.