ENVI 287 The Dynamics of Globalization: Society, Religion and the Environment (D)

Last offered Spring 2010

Cross Listed as REL287
This course offers a theoretical reflection on the social, cultural and environmental dynamics of globalization and their consequences for the nature and place of religion. Rather than argue for or against globalization, we first examine the nature of this new configuration and its relation to (post)modernity, asking questions such as: What are the cultural and social dynamics of globalization? What are the effects on the nature of the state and the political practices that take place in the global world? What are its environmental consequences? We then shift to examining the role of religion, arguing that its renewed relevance is a function of the socio-cultural transformations that globalization brings about, particularly the loss of community and the increasing atomization of individuals. We conclude by examining some of the perspectives created by the new religious expressions that attempt to respond to this situation, from personal spiritual quests as manifested in interest in Buddhism, ecology or mountain climbing, to various forms of fundamentalism, such as Evangelicalism, the fastest growing religious movement in the Americas, and the most radical forms of Islamicism. Reading list: Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity; Castells, The Rise of the Network Society; Bauman, Globalization; Kivisto, Multiculturalism in a Global Society; Casanova, Public Religions in the Modern World; Ortner, Life and Death on Mt. Everest; Matthews, Global Cultura/ Individual Identity; Shuck, Mark of the Beast; Roy, Globalized Islam.
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Requirements/Evaluation: a class presentation and a research paper (15 pages)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Religion majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP Society + Culture Electives,FYCR Open to First-Year Students,INST Economic Development Studies Electives,REL Contemporary Critical Inquiry Courses
Enrollment Limit: 22
Expected Enrollment: 22
Class Number: 3289
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ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
ENVI 287 LEC Society,Religion & Environment (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Georges B. Dreyfus
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