The study of the role of law, legal argumentation, and legal contexts in one or more religious traditions.
“Law and Religious Traditions” will be a crucial addition to the courses taught in the Religious Studies department, offering majors and minors vital tools for the study of religion, tools and perspectives that are not currently available through other courses. The addition of this course to the Religious Studies curriculum will benefit Religious Studies majors and minors, as well as others, in a variety of ways. First, this course will offer students a variety of means to investigate a critical component of many religious traditions (divine, ritual, and communal law) as well as ways in which legal regimes (religious or secular, inside the tradition or outside of it) influence religious thinking, action, and identity. Second, as with the Religious Studies curriculum generally, this course will be interdisciplinary, drawing on historical, textual, sociological, legal, etc. tools, and with the topical focus on religious law and the impact of legal systems on religious traditions, students will use these tools to study these connections in historical context. And third, questions of religion and law are imminently relevant, from contemporary American debates over the 1st Amendment and “religious freedom,” to the interplay between civil and religious law in other nation-states, to ethical claims about punishment and the power of religious and secular leaders. As a topic-centered course, this course will also be flexible, in the sense that a range of faculty (with expertise in different religious traditions) will be able to teach the course with comparative and specialized focus.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
The committee did notice one issue with the proposal. In the grade scale in the syllabus, there is no listing for an F. Please make this change in the syllabus the next time the course is taught.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair803firstname.lastname@example.orgFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses