Oct 14, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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CLWR 2230 - What is Evil?

Students will explore the question ¿What is evil?¿ from the perspectives of the major World Religions¿Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition they will explore how evil was conceptualized in core texts of Classical Greece and Ancient Rome. The course begins with a brief introduction to psychological and sociological research which attempts to answer the question ¿Why do good people do evil things?¿ It concludes with a short consideration of representations of evil in popular culture and influential texts written in response to the Holocaust.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Become acquainted with core texts from both Western and non-Western religious traditions.
  • Demonstrate deeper understanding of the ways in which our society is shaped by the heritage of classical Greece and ancient Rome.
  • Develop greater skill in the analysis of moral dilemmas.
  • Increase awareness of how different societies are shaped by concepts of gender, class, race, and religion.
  • Learn how to use context in the interpretation of primary sources.
  • Learn how to write a short interpretive essay (750-1,500 words) including editing and revision.

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