May 08, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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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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