R S 375S, 43285, Religion in the American South
Whether you’re new to Texas or a long-time resident, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a church at least every other town block. For many people, the ubiquitous presence of religion in the South may be a given, but have you ever really wondered why it is? The course, Religious Studies 375S “Religion in the American South”, taught by Dr. Chad Seales aims to address the myths and ironies of religious life in the South.
The objective of the class is to trace how religion and region has changed over time in frames of history from slavery, industry, and ethnic diversity. What does it really mean to be a Southerner? What makes the South more religious than other places in the US? Case studies will be used to examine the questions posed and allow students to apply theories of both region and religion to various ideologies and practices of Southerners.
This course carries Writing and Independent Inquiry flags.
MEL 321, 40790, Turks in Europe
Understanding diversity and learning about other cultures is the first step in breaking stereotypes and developing a much more knowledgeable viewpoint of the world as a student. The last century has been marked by changes in international markets, political conditions, and a desire to attain a better life – with interactions between the Europeans and Turks as a prime example of a new socio-cultural and political-economic constellation.
The objective of this class, taught by Dr. Jeannette Okur, is to examine the Turkish presence in Europe and evaluate its impact in politics, media, education, arts, language, etc. By looking at local and transnational forces that drives such interactions for the 9 million Turks in Europe, students will be asked to form a critical analysis of the topics presented in both text and film. With subjects such as the relationship of civil society and Islam, ethnic businesses and communities, citizenship and political participation, asylum movements and xenophobia, students will truly be able to trace the transition of a Turkish guest worker to a transnational citizen of Europe.
This course carries a Global Cultures flag and is cross-listed with European Studies (EUS) 347 and Islamic Studies (ISL) 372.
J S 365, 39446, NGOs in Israel/Northern Ireland: Conflict Area Case Studies
War zones. What types of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) go into those areas? How do they operate in such unsafe environments? What services do they provide? This course will address the impact of the proliferation NGOs and NPOs as influential actors with vast resources and presence on the ground by looking at a crucial case study, conflict areas. The NGOs’ ability to influence and bring a change under the most unfavorable conditions operates as an indication of this sector’s effect and role in other fields.
The “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict both underline a democracy that copes with an enduring low-intensity conflict between two groups who share the same territory. Instructor Ori Swed will look at the two cases’ similarities and dissimilarities while focusing on the NGO activity on both arenas and its impact.
This course is cross-listed with Sociology (SOC) 321K.