RELI:300 Apocalypticism.

Using interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology, cultural anthropology, religious studies, history, cultural studies, theology and biblical studies, this course examines the role and modes of speculation about the end of the world as a contemporary interpretive and cultural problem in the Western religious and secular traditions. The course explores the origins of apocalyptic worldviews in ancient Judaism and Christianity and how it is we continue to use these traditions in our own time, as well as how medieval and early modern developments to contemporary utopianism and millennialism impact us. Prerequisites: Either RELI:201 or RELI:103, or permission of instructor. 4 SH.