Religion and Nature

Summer Session 2020: June 1-August 18

Description

What is the place of human beings in the natural world? Do humans have a responsibility to other species? Are human beings primarily of nature or above or apart from nature? Is the proper role of humans to manipulate and control the natural world or to harmonize and conform their lives to the ways of nature? How have different beliefs about the existence or non-existence of divine or supernatural beings influenced human attitudes and behaviors toward the natural environment? What are some of the ways in which religions have shaped attitudes towards nature in specific historical and cultural contexts? What kinds of ritual practices do different cultures engage in concerning the natural world? This course considers a variety of religious and secular perspectives on these questions as well as responses to contemporary environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change. Special attention is given to the perspectives and practices of indigenous cultures.

Class Notes

Nepal travel course. Application and $500 deposit due by April 1, see https://rce.csuchico.edu/passport for details. Required additional enrollment in either PSSC 390 or PSSC 399.

Class Details

Instructor
Instructor Name (static text): 
Altier, Lee S
Location

OFFC TBA

Class Registration Information

Class #
1034
Course
RELS 323 -
SECT 101
Units
3
Fees
Flat Fee
  • $2,575
Amount per Unit
  • $300 / unit
Class Meeting Dates

06/04/2020 - 07/11/2020

Days

TBA

Times
RELS 323 - SECT 101

Religion and Nature

Class: 1034 Units: 3 Fees: $3,475.00

M-F 06/04/2020 - 07/11/2020 TBA

What is the place of human beings in the natural world? Do humans have a responsibility to other species? Are human beings primarily of nature or above or apart from nature? Is the proper role of humans to manipulate and control the natural world or to harmonize and conform their lives to the ways of nature? How have different beliefs about the existence or non-existence of divine or supernatural beings influenced human attitudes and behaviors toward the natural environment? What are some of the ways in which religions have shaped attitudes towards nature in specific historical and cultural contexts? What kinds of ritual practices do different cultures engage in concerning the natural world? This course considers a variety of religious and secular perspectives on these questions as well as responses to contemporary environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change. Special attention is given to the perspectives and practices of indigenous cultures.

Class Notes

What is the place of human beings in the natural world? Do humans have a responsibility to other species? Are human beings primarily of nature or above or apart from nature? Is the proper role of humans to manipulate and control the natural world or to harmonize and conform their lives to the ways of nature? How have different beliefs about the existence or non-existence of divine or supernatural beings influenced human attitudes and behaviors toward the natural environment? What are some of the ways in which religions have shaped attitudes towards nature in specific historical and cultural contexts? What kinds of ritual practices do different cultures engage in concerning the natural world? This course considers a variety of religious and secular perspectives on these questions as well as responses to contemporary environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change. Special attention is given to the perspectives and practices of indigenous cultures.

Instructor
Instructor Name (static text): 
Altier, Lee S
Location
OFFC TBA