Religious Studies | The Personal & The Political
R300 | 3781 | Mongoven


This course asks students to consider how challenges of our "private" lives may be related to the political life of the surrounding
community.  We will move through a life cycle, considering ethical issues of childhood, friendship, sex, marriage (including
homosexual marriage), child-rearing, and aging.  At each stage of the life cycle, we will consider both religious (particularly
Jewish and Christian) and secular ethical ideals, exploring their relationship.  We will also explore connections between "the
personal and the political" for each stage.  An over-riding question is: "What is love?"  In addition to ethical texts, we will draw
on a variety of sources from popular culture, including film, fiction, and case studies from contemporary media.