May 18, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

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CLWR 2240 - Difficult Dialogues: Science and Religion

How do science and religion affect our everyday lives? For most of us the phrase “science and religion” calls to mind abstract debates over the nature of the universe, the existence of God, or the nature of humanity. And while these topics have fascinated intellectual elites for centuries, they can seem far removed from the experiences of most people in the present day. This is a Difficult Dialogues course which examines the relationship between science and religion, and the intimate and communal lives of people globally and throughout history. We consider how these knowledge systems have been defined in the context of global colonialism and empire and ask how they continue to shape expectations for political engagement, intimate relationships, and identity. Topics include secularism, sexual ethics, immigration, environmental protection, and healthcare.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World, Bridge: Diversity and Practice
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to describe how colonialism, slavery, and patriarchy have shaped the history of science and religion.
  • Students will be able to analyze the effects of science and religion narratives on contemporary political debates.
  • Students will be able to apply insights from a critical history of science and religion to contemporary ethical dilemmas.

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