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LTR 5512 World Religions and Social JusticeThis course examines seven of the most troublesome and complex social issues facing society today: human rights, the environment, new religious movements, women’s rights, poverty, technology, and racism. While governments, corporations and wealthy elites approach these issues from their own perspectives, the religions of the world have a special contribution to make. Students will examine the religious, historical, political, economic, cultural and social dimensions of the problem, and seek to understand the positions of various denominations. 3 credits. Dr. Brown.
LTR 5513 World Religions and Global ConflictUtilizing a case-study approach, this course examines conflicts around the world and the role of religion in causing, exacerbating or ameliorating them. In seeking to understand religion’s role, students will examine comprehensively the religious, historical, political, economic, cultural and social background of the crises. Particular effort will be made to spotlight religiously grounded activists and leaders who have made a positive difference. 3 credits. Dr. Mickler or Dr. Brown.
LTR 5515 The United Nations and Global Peace
This course will begin with a brief synopsis of the aims and structure of the United Nations. It will then investigate the relationship between religion and religions and the life and work of the United Nations and its affiliated bodies. Course content will include discussion of the United Nation’s Millennium Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, its declared commitment to working with civil society, to promoting interfaith dialogue, the dialogue among civilizations and religious and cultural understanding. The possibility of an inter-religious council within the UN system will be explored. The success of UN-recognized Non Governmental Organizations in influencing the policies and programs of the United Nations will be analyzed. The course will include a visit to the UN headquarters in New York City. 3 credits. Dr. Noda