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Anthropology of Religion

Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Moral Medicine: Questions in Bioethics at the Cutting Edge

Free Will and the Brain: The Neuroscience of Decision-Making

Ethical Questions of the Information Age

The Quest for Immortality in the Ancient World

Power and the Production of History

Logic & Paradox

Arguing About Arguing and Thinking About Thinking

Contemporary Moral Issues

Equity and Justice: The Meaning of Equality in a Time of Systemic Oppression

Implicit Bias - What is it and Who is to Blame?

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Current Issues in Feminist Philosophy

Science, Perception, and Reality

Introductory Astronomy: Exploring the Cosmos

May The Force Be With You: Physics for the Ages

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

What Does It Take to Discover a Particle?

Animals Among Us: Humans, Nonhumans, and Politics

Debating Democracy: Threats and Prospects

Ethics and International Affairs

Introduction to Women’s Studies

Law, Ethics, and Democracy

Political Theory Through Science Fiction: Utopias, Dystopias and Allegories

Race, Justice, and American Democracy

The International Human Rights of Political and Environmental Migrations

The United States Supreme Court: The 2021-22 Term in Review

Freud: Psychoanalysis and Its Legacies

The End of the World

Living now amid the Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts of whether humanity can defeat the virus and, if so, what will become of the world post-pandemic greatly trouble the mind. While our anxieties at present are very real and valid, concern over humanity’s end and the end of the world is not new. The theme of the apocalypse features prominently in some of the most lucrative Hollywood movies that dramatize global catastrophes—extreme global warming, astrological forces, pandemics—that threaten humanity’s end. That concern over the world ending is at the forefront of the present-day human mind is indicated by the sheer popularity and success of these films. Such anxieties have also been revealed by recent crazed responses over the uncertainty of what would happen after Dec 21, 2012, the last day of the Mayan calendar, and when the clock struck midnight to usher in the year 2000 (Y2K). However, this kind of apocalyptic thinking is not born out of modernity. It originated over 2,000 years ago in the religions of Judaism and Christianity and has shaped human thinking and catalyzed human action ever since. What can we learn from the history of the apocalyptic mindset, and how might it better help us understand ourselves and the world we live in today? How has belief in the apocalypse shaped human behavior for better or worse? If this topic and these questions are of interest, then this is the course for you.

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Gender, Race and Class in Medical Research and Practice