REL 198 CC:RELIGIOUS PRACTICES/ECOLOGY
What do the Saami in Sweden share with inhabitants of the mangroves of Bangladesh? In many sites around the world global demand for natural resources, such as inexpensive shrimp or paper products, compete with indigenous religious communities' practices and their relations with the natural environment. Students examine the ethical dimensions of humans' interactions with the environment and the impacts felt by indigenous religious communities. Through the study of religious traditions, news stories, scientific studies on environmental destruction, and historical records, students explore how religious communities respond to the following questions: What is "nature" and why do we value it? What cosmological dimensions relate humans to nature? How do traditions and teachings support or challenge the idea of nature as simply a utilitarian resource?
As a ConnCourse, this class makes connections across the liberal arts.
Enrollment limited to 28 students.
A6, MOIB, MOIE, CC