2009 Summer Courses

2009 Summer Courses

Updated: March 16, 2009

Early Registration: May 4-8, 2009
General Registration: May 9-25, 2009

Early Registration is strongly advised.

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Religious Education Through Children's Literature
May 25-September 4, 2009 (Online)
Keith Kron
A spider saves the life of a pig. A teenage girl integrates a high school in the South. Children make cranes for a sick classmate. A mouse holds memories for its community. A boy learns about the differences between his choices and his abilities. "Charlotte's Web," "Warriors Don't Cry," "Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes," "Frederick," "Harry Potter." These books for children and many others contain the stories of meaning, of life, of death. Immersing ourselves in the words and pictures of books for and about children, this course will examine the religious, theological and pastoral themes found in the wide world of children's literature and how these might be of use in ministry to others. Participants will be asked to read several children's books a week, participate in online discussions, and complete reflection papers and projects.
ED 8461         3 units
Minimum:  8    Limit: 24          PIN Required
This is an Online Course
Next Registration Period: May 4-8, 2008

Unitarianism and Ottoman Islam
NEW DATES: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 to Monday, June 22, 2009 (class meets Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.  No class on Sunday)                       
Susan Ritchie
Course to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah
This course explores religious toleration as the lived result of mutual attractions, persecutions, and historic interactions between Ottoman Muslims and Unitarians. We begin with the basic theology, religious and cultural traditions of Ottoman Islam (13th-18th centuries), developing in more detail the affinities between Unitarianism and the progressive theology of Ibn-al-‘Arabī  (whose thought characterized Ottoman literature and the Sufi order of the poet Rumi).  We pause to reacquaint ourselves with the traditional Eurocentric accounts of religious toleration.  We then travel into the hidden history of actual relationships between Unitarians and Ottoman Muslims in 16th century Transylvania, Renaissance England, and Enlightenment Europe. This is an Intermediate Graduate Level class.  Students will be asked to complete some reading before the intensive week (some online articles and two shorter books), final project to be due three weeks after the completion of class.  General but not specific acquaintance with religious history, Unitarian Universalist history and belief, and comparative religious traditions helpful, but not strictly required.
HRHS 4824                3 units            
Minimum: 1                 Limit: 15         PIN Required
Course to be held at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Salt Lake City, Utah. (6876 South Highland Drive (2000 East), Salt Lake City, Utah 84121)
Next Registration Period: May 4-8, 2009. E-mail: registrar@sksm.edu.

Unitarian Universalist History
12:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 14, 2009
Susan Ritchie
This intensive survey course will study the emergence of Unitarian/Universalist ideas and institutions from their early church antecedents in Europe, through and including development in North America.   The goal is to provide students with a solid grounding in the basic themes and narrative of Unitarian/Universalist History upon which they might build more detailed explorations in the future (interested students will be specifically invited to do a directed historical study with the professor after the completion of the intensive).  A considerable amount of reading will need to be completed before the week of class, and a final project is due within the month after class. 
HS 4017         1.5 units
Minimum: 5     Limit: 30         No PIN Required
Fireside Room
Next Registration Period: May 4-8, 2009. E-mail: registrar@sksm.edu.

Andalusia: Judaism, Islam and Christianity
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 17 to Friday August 21, 2009
Ibrahim Farajajé
This intensive course is open to all and is especially encouraged for all entering SKSM students.  The course invites the student to engage in an interactive, multi-media process of beginning to reconceptualize the ways in which Judaism, Islam and Christianity have been heretofore studied.  We are only now beginning to acknowledge the radical importance of studying Judaism, Islam, and Christianity together.  Islam is often constructed as a problematic Other and therefore seen as having nothing in common with and nothing to do with anything outside of its own realm.  The histories and processes of interaction between the three traditions in Muslim Andalusia will be studied through text, music, architecture, graphic art, ecology, etc.  Instead of looking exclusively at three discreet and distinct traditions, we will examine how the three informed each other within the context of al-Andalus.  This will provide a paradigm which we will then interrogate as we look at how historiography, geography, bodies, genders, identities, notions of race and fictions of purity, relationships of class and power intersect in the development of these religious traditions.  This will lay the groundwork for further collaborative study of the three religious traditions.  In addition to the work on Andalusia proper, we will also look at the implications of these intersections in the post-1492 Americas, as well as in the history of Islam in Bosnia.  Where is East?  Where is West? 
HR 4800        3 units
No Limit         No PIN Required
Fireside Room
Next Registration Period: May 4-8, 2009. E-mail: registrar@sksm.edu.


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