University of Southern Indiana
Classes That Examine Religion

333  Cultural Anthropology (3) 
A global, comparative study of all aspects of culture. Topics comprise technology, political economy, social organization, gender, religion, values, war, languages, ethnicity, and cultural change. 

407  Spanish American Culture (3) 
A comprehensive study of the history, literature, art, religion, and customs of the Spanish American countries.

411  Religion in America (3) 
An examination of the impact of religious values and institutions on American history. Special attention is given to the rise, decline, and legacy of mainstream Protestant culture; religious pluralism in the 20th century; the religious origins of social and cultural change; the continuing importance of civil religion; and the implications of the First Amendment for religious expression in America.

373  History of Eastern Europe (3) 
A survey of Slavic and other cultures in Eastern Europe from earliest times to the present. Topics examined include the influence of religion, the varieties of social and political types across the area, and relationships with nearby states.

413  Philosophy of Religion (3) 
Basic problems and philosophically significant theories of religion, including such problems as the relation of faith and reason, and the existence of God.

406  Constitutional Rights (3) 
Analysis and discussion of leading decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, with special attention given to civil rights, including the rights of persons accused of crime; freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, separation of church and state, equal protection of the laws, and property rights.

509  Macro Systems: Institutional
and Community Systems (3) 

Examines the theoretical frameworks that shape the foundation for social work generalist practice with organizations and communities. Built upon a liberal arts perspective of community and society, the course provides advanced knowledge about social work’s professional relationships with organizations and communities. The course emphasizes skills to enhance competent macro practice with diverse populations regarding age, culture, class, ethnicity, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation and to advance social and economic justice.

510  Social Welfare Policy and Service (3) 
Provides a framework for social welfare policy analysis with special attention to the state policy making process and the impact of policy on persons that may be disadvantaged by poverty and other forms of oppression. The course emphasizes culturally competent policy practice and advocacy related to diverse populations regarding age, culture, class, ethnicity, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. Policy practice skills related to policy formulation, development, implementation, and evaluation will be addressed.

610  Human Diversity, Social Policy
and Social Work (3) 

This course provides a broad base of knowledge pertaining to policy and practice with diverse populations regarding age, culture, class, ethnicity, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and international groups. Institutional, historical, and cultural barriers to equality are explored, with their implications for policy and practice within a global context. Micro and macro level implications of strength and resilience and the valuing of diversity will be addressed. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of diversity and equality on human systems and social policy.

606  After Darwin (3) 
A study of the consequences of Charles Darwin’s theories as they pertain to the humanities including history, literature, philosophy, religion, and civics. Includes a discussion of the methodologies of humanities research.

271  History of the Middle East (3) 
A political and cultural survey of the history of the Islamic peoples, with emphasis on the Arab and Ottoman Empires, the emergence of independent modern states including Israel, and the new Arab nationalism.

285  History of Africa (3) 
A survey of the history of African peoples and nations from earliest humankind to the present. Considers the major geographical regions of Africa, the impact of Islamic and Christian invaders, 19th-century European colonialism, and the movement toward African independence.

381  Western Science and Medicine to 1800 (3) 
The origin and development of science and medicine in Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Western European civilizations down through the Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries.

345  Medieval Europe, 500-1300 (3) 
The reconstruction of a new European civilization upon the ruins of the old Roman Empire through the alliance of the Greco-Roman cultural traditions, Christianity, and the vitality of the new Germanic peoples.


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