This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the “new-age” faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as “the self”, suffering, free will, ethics the relationship between this world and the otherworld. Primary and secondary sources are studied along with an examination of methodology in comparative religion.
ARW 4195- Principles of Academic Research
This course introduces students to international economic relations. These relations are relations of international trade, international production and finance as well as international development. The course is taught within the context of technology, politics and culture.
ECN 3200 Foundations of Economics or ECN 4105 Introduction to Microeconomics
According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman, the tastes and flavours of a
country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective
memory. This course examines the geography, history and culture of Italian
regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at
regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including differences in how
food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and
cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable
agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions. A
visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical
illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.
This course covers the history of Italian fashion from
the late gothic period to current Made in
Italy design. It looks at Italian fashion styles in relation to art history
in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its relation to
culture, subculture, gender, and communication are emphasized. On-site visits
illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion. Prerequisites: AVC
4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual
Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing II