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LTR 5516 Religion, Politics and Ideologies on the Korean PeninsulaThis course explores the historical, political, religious, ideological, and social factors that have shaped the development of the two Koreas, particularly since the end of World War II. We will cover Korea’s experience under the latter stage of Japanese colonialism, its division into two zones of occupation, the Korean War (including the respective roles of Stalin, Mao, and Kim Il Sung), the continuation of the Cold War on the peninsula, South Korea’s industrialization and democratization, the role played by Christianity in modern Korean politics, North Korea’s response to its post-Cold War environment, and an examination of the interests of the U.S., Japan, China and Russia in the Peninsula. We will then focus on practical steps that can be taken to foster inter-Korean cooperation and eventual unification, including the roles of religions, NGOs and civil society. 2 credits. Dr. Barry.
LTR 5521 Religious Themes in Cinema
This course examines film as medium for communicating religious themes and spirituality. Students will view and discuss a variety of feature-length films, some on overtly religious subjects and others that evoke reflection on the theological dimensions of human experience. The course is intended to help students enter into a theological conversation with film. Students will develop the skills of movie watching and film criticism. The course is an opportunity to broaden the student’s theological sensibilities and open up new avenues for ministry. Interfaith topics will be a particular focus this year. 3 credits. Dr. Mickler.
LTR 5531 Sociology of New Religious Movements A sociological understanding of the Unification Movement is enhanced by understanding new religious movements. Topics include: typologies of cult, sect and church, deprivation theories, models of conversion and apostasy, the role and function of the charismatic prophet, the historical development after the founder’s passing, and the role of new religious movements and social change. The course will examine various new religions and review the sociological literature on the Unification movement in particular, e.g. Lofland, Barker, Shupe and Bromely, Robbins and Anthony, Melton. 3 credits. Dr. Mickler.