This course will offer a general introduction to religion and to the world’s major religious traditions. Particular emphasis will be given to the religions most prominently represented in the destinations of the fall 2015 Semester at Sea Voyage, including Christianity, Islam, and African Religious traditions. We will explore the nature of religious thought and practice, meaning we will examine the worldviews of the particular traditions and the experiences those traditions support and cultivate. We shall also consider the role of religion in shaping culture at the individual, and public/social levels, and will seek better to understand how and why people engage religious ideas and practices, today and in history.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Day: 1 - Thursday, 22 October
We will visit sites associated with each of the three Abrahamic religions: The Hassan II Mosque, the Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur, and the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. This will be an opportunity to study the architecture and worship space of these three faiths as well as the history of how they have interacted in Northern Africa. We will have the opportunity to engage informed participants in each tradition at the respective sites. Students will be provided with one or more questions to address in their field lab reports, which should be 3-5 pages (750-1250 words) in length.