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Music and Religion: “God in Music City”
Allison Pingree and Greg Barz, Spring 2008
How does mus
ic shape our religious identity? How does our religious and spiritual experience shape how we listen to, perform, or otherwise experience music? And how does location (Nashville, in particular) shape these inter-related issues? In what sense is the music industry shaped by, or a shaper of, religion? Is music a religion in Nashville? Is religion made of music in Nashville? Is all music religious? Are all religions musical? In this course, participants will explore these and related questions, engaging the ways in which music and religion are performed in Nashville contexts (and in other Southern contexts more broadly). We will draw on interviews with and performances by local musicians in order to approach how music, religion, and culture are co-extensive, how they mutually shape each other in a variety of contexts. Student work will include reflection papers, creative projects, contributions to and participation in the "God in Music City" spring 2008 series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, including presenting at a capstone conference as a final project.

Faith, Politics and War
Doug Knight, James Hudnut-Beumler, Bill Partridge, and Edward Rubin, Fall 2006
The intersection between religion and politics, especially its form within local communities of the South, is the subject of this multidisciplinary seminar. The course bridges the social sciences and humanities to investigate how local cultural forces propel citizens toward religious and political decisions and actions, providing an empirical as well as theoretical foundation to the analysis. A number of topics will be pursued with primary focus on the problem of war. The seminar is team taught by faculty from the School of Law, College of Arts and Science, Divinity School and Peabody College.

Special Topics: Bottom of the Pyramid
Bart Victor, Fall 2006
Introduction to the problem of poverty alleviation through business development. Topics include understanding the problem of poverty and developing a framework for business applications for alleviating poverty. An overview of the business models to be developed during the course including: Micro-Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Information Technology. Students will also explore the range of context factors which contribute to creating the conditions of poverty and may pose obstacles to its alleviation.

Project Pyramid: Alleviating Poverty in India
Graham B. Reside and Bart Victor, Spring 2007
This course includes students from five professional schools: the Owen Graduate School of Management, Divinity, Law, Nursing and Medicine. The ranks of the professions have expanded dramatically over the past two generations, and while professionals are the custodians of our primary social institutions and play a vital role in our common life, many observers worry about the state of the professions today. This course will focus on three broad areas: first, we will review the history and sociology of professions. What is the state of the professions today, and how did we get here? Second, we will study in-depth the particular ethical challenges in the five professions represented in the class. This section of the course will draw on faculty from each school. Finally, we will concentrate on developing skills for professional leadership, so that students will be better equipped to respond to the moral challenges of contemporary professional life, and to serve more ably as custodians of our common good.

Theological Reflections on Business and Poverty
Graham B. Reside and Bart Victor, Spring 2007
This course is being taught in conjunction with the OGSM course, Project Pyramid: Alleviating Poverty in India. This course includes students from five professional schools: the Owen Graduate School of Management, Divinity, Law, Nursing and Medicine. Study trip to Hyderabad, India.

Study trip to Hyderabad, India
Graham B. Reside and Bart Victor, Summer 2007
Students from the previous class will travel to India during the summer. On the trip to India, students will work in teams to understand the impact of micro-finance, micro-equity and other ways that different agencies and institutions are empowering those at the Bottom of the Pyramid in India.

Education and Economic Development
Kathryn Anderson and Stephen P. Heyneman, Spring 2007
nterdisciplinary course taught with insights from the Religion and Economy group incorporated into the curriculum and the class discussion.

God, Sex and the Earth
Gay Welch, First-year writing seminar, Spring and Fall 2006
This course examines the relations among ideas of the sacred, gendered humans, and the Earth. Religions have foundational myths or cosmologies that help make sense of who we are, our place in the world, ourselves (as bodies, minds and spirits) and how we ought to behave. Ideas and images of Creation, Heaven and Earth, and right or wrong actions between beings dictate our thinking and our doing. Our image of the Divine, ("Super Nature"?) our assumptions about the proper relations between sexual bodies, and the proper relations of humans to "Nature" are all connected. Students will examine their own beliefs about these issues, and will begin creating an ecological picture or map that depicts our place in the universe. This course draws directly on the work of the CSRC project on Ecology and Spirituality.

Environmental Philosophy
David Wood, Spring 2007
This course draws substantially on the work of the Ecology and Spirituality group.

Economic Anthropology
Ted Fischer, Spring 2006
This class incorporates readings and issues discussed in the Religion and Economy groups.

Economy and Theology
Doug Meeks and James Foster, Spring 2005
This course was developed based on ideas raised in the Religion and Economy group, and was team-taught by two of its members.

Music and Ethics (Michael Rose) VU Blair/A&S Music, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
This course
explored diverse ways in which Western musical works have communicated values about what kind of life to live. Contrasting themes include goodness and amorality, holiness and the spell of the sensuous. Students investigated historical styles and genres, composers’ philosophical outlooks, and music’s various functions in society.

The Blues (Gregory Barz) VU Blair/A&S undergraduate course, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, and Spring 2007