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PURPOSE: The third course in the Religious Studies Core sequence, taken after the student has junior status, models ongoing intellectual engagement with the difficult issues in religion as these are addressed by one of the three main areas of the religion curriculum. This course is structured around open-ended questions, problems, or controversies; it requires students to explore and assess multiple positions and then make morally defensible and intellectually coherent choices.
STUDENT OUTCOMES: As the last course in the sequence, students will be able to use their analytic skills on real-life questions and current challenges. By confronting the complexity of questioning while taking a moral or religious position, this course enables students to integrate what they have learned about religion with other areas of the Core, their majors, and their full involvement in the world.
Note: The prerequisites for all religious studies courses require that they be taken in sequence: introductory, second course, and third course. Further, a third course cannot fulfill the core requirement unless it is taken after the student has 88 units.
THIRD COURSE: Students may select one course from Religious Studies courses numbered 100-199, such as RSOC 100-199, SCTR 100-199, or TESP 100-199, or from the following list of approved courses. Note: the third course must be taken after completing 88 units.
150 Religion in Culture and Society
171 Ethical Issues in Biotechnology and Genetics
112 The World of Augustine
175A Theology and Communication
162 Environmental Justice Practicum
103 History of the Jesuits
172 Philosophical Topics in Film and Literature
139 Religion and Politics in the Third World
The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides a comprehensive list of those courses offered in a particular quarter that meet this requirement.