S T S 235
Science and Religion (3) This course investigates the relationship between science and religion in multiple cultures.
S T S 235 Science and Religion (3)
The purpose of this course, designed to fulfill general education requirements in the humanities (GH), is to encourage students to investigate the relationships between the disciplines of science and religion. While most of the emphasis of the course will be on the historical interaction between science and Western religion, we will also investigate science ("natural philosophy") in the Islamic, Hindu, and Eastern religious traditions. Students will read classic texts that discuss science and religion from scientists such as Newton and Darwin as well as from world Scriptures and contemporary positions of various influential scientists and religious scholars concerning views of the material world as it relates to the spiritual world. There will be no attempt to encourage students to accept a particular religious or secular viewpoint. Rather, the course will be successful if at its conclusion the student can articulate a personal viewpoint while appreciating the reasons others might have for holding alternative opinions. Students will develop an understanding of the arguments and the historical context in which they originated which lead to differing positions. Thus, individual students will be expected to demonstrate this understanding in a series of examinations scheduled throughout the semester, and in a final examination if required by the instructor. Discussion and debate are useful devices in the search for understanding. In order to facilitate such discussion, students will be required to make one presentation to the class on an assigned topic. This presentation will serve as the starting point for class exploration of the topic. To encourage active and collaborative learning, the student presentations may be group efforts, however, no group will consist of more than three students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.