Spring Break Away 2013 - England
Course: HIST 174 Sacred Places: Faith, History, and Geography
[satisfies Core Theme Area: Faith and Reason]
In this course, students will study how cultures construct sacred places and how these sacred places can be examined to understand religion as a cultural expression. We will study the various historical forces that contributed to an interesting range of sacred sites in England and Wales. Geographical forms of sacred space reflect the identity and worldview of adherents.
Our travels will take us to England where we will visit Westminster Abbey (the recent site of the Royal Wedding!). Westminster Abbey is a good example of how we can explain religion as a cultural system, because the Abbey demonstrates that the history of England’s rulers is inextricably linked with the Christian background of England. Symbols of royalty and church are intertwined with the structure of the abbey, and the English traditions of royalty and church reflects the English people’s culture and worldview. We will spend time in London and then travel on to Bath, Wales and Liverpool to explore Stonehenge, St. Winefride’s Well, Liverpool Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor. And we will have plenty of time to enjoy other exciting sites of London and other places in England.
Prerequisites: The course is open to all, no prerequisites
Max enrollment: 20 students
More information: See Dr. Trimarchi in 603 College Hall or Dr. Hattler in 601 Union
Class Time: T/TH 3:05-4:15 p.m.