Religious Studies | Religion, Ethics, & Public Life
R170 | 3747 | Mongoven


This course focuses on issues of violence as it introduces students to the study of religion and ethics.  Through our consideration
of war, capital punishment, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, and sexual/domestic violence we will consider a number of
cross-cutting theoretical questions; what are some of the central moral themes of Judaism and Christianity?  What moral
disagreements have arisen within these traditions?  How do religious ethics intersect or diverge with secular ethics?  In a
pluralistic society, can religious and non-religious people talk to each other about ethics?  The course will draw upon biblical
texts, religious and secular arguments, case studies, film, and fiction.  Special attention will be given to recent world events
such as the aftermath of 9/11/01. Course requirements will include quizzes, a mid-term, a short paper, participation in a role-play
or debate, and a final exam.