ENVI 287
The Dynamics of Globalization: Society, Religion and the Environment Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed REL 287 / ENVI 287
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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.
The Class: Limit: 22
Expected: 22
Class#: 3289
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a class presentation and a research paper (15 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Religion majors and Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 287 Division II ENVI 287 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
INST Economic Development Studies Electives
REL Contemporary Critical Inquiry Courses

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