Religious Studies 147. Religion and Ecology

Available starting fall semester 2010.

How does religion shape human understanding of, and participation in, ecological systems? This course will sample widely from a range of religious traditions to come to a better understanding of the diverse ways that people have developed for interacting with animals, plants, water, and the land, and how those behaviors work in tandem with systems of knowledge. The class will have a substantial focus on environmental ethics, and will think hard about how different religious systems might contribute to either or both environmental degradation and solutions to environmental problems. Traditions sampled will include Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Daoism, Judaism, Buddhism, Native American religions, and Wicca/Neo-Paganism.