Mercer County Community College's
New Courses in Religion and Politics
Spring Semester Jan. 18, 2005

Beginning with the spring semester on Jan. 18, MCCC will offer new courses in religion and politics. They will appeal to both traditional credit students and those in the community and its businesses who seek to broaden their awareness of the world and the place of political ideas and religion in current events.Course summaries appear below. Courses are offered at convenient times for different constituencies.

PHI 220 / POL 220 Philosophy of Politics -- Power, Legitimacy, Justice, and Revolution -- Thursdays, 7:05-9:45 p.m.
Examines the ideas explaining how politics works and how the great thinkers think it should work. The course surveys contrasting views on liberty and order, fairness and obligation, stability and change, pluralism and equality, liberalism and the state, law and anarchy, capitalism and socialism, and challenges posed by globalization. This course meets the General Education requirement in Society and Human Behavior.

REL 235 / ENG 235 Encounters Between Religions -- Taught Through Literature -- Monday & Wednesday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
A nonsectarian look at the dynamics of encounters between religions. This course looks at the ways religions are characterized in a set of novels and films, exploring both the literary power of the novels and the richness of the
religions depicted. The course was successfully offered in Summer 2004, and in Spring 2005 will be available within the Mercer academic year. This course meets the General Education requirement in Society and Human Behavior, and in Diversity. Students who have passed ENG102 may take this course for Literature credit (Aesthetic Perspective) as well.

REL 102 Living World Religions -- Monday & Wednesday, 3-4:15 and Wednesday 7:05-9:45
A nonsectarian exploration of the religions of the world, looking at their histories, their ideas, their practices and their outlooks. Students come to this course to explore each religion's understandings of humanity's place in relation to the divine, and the consequences of those understandings for events of worldwide significance. This is an introductory-level course, with no prerequisites. This course meets the General Education requirement in Society and Human Behavior, and in Diversity.

For more information contact:
Professor Ken Rothman (LA 132) at 609-771-1125 (voice mail requires six rings) or 609-586-4800, ext. 3434, or via e-mai at kiroth@aol.com; or
Professor Andrew Conrad (LA 110) at 609-586-4800 ext. 3321 or e-mail conrada@mccc.edu.

Religion Courses on the MCCC Website

Political Science Courses on the MCCC Website

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