The Catholic University of America

Courses taught by William Barbieri

TRS 280 The Religious Quest

This course will introduce students to the basic questions that underlie all religions and the quest for human meaning. It will then examine the methods by which one can come to understand a religion or set of practices that are not one's own. The contributions of the social sciences, and the theological issues raised by studying non-Christian traditions will be covered.

TRS 334: War, Peace & Revolution: Christian Perspectives

Examines historical and contemporary perspectives on war, peace, and revolution in the Christian tradition, especially Roman Catholicism. Historical issues include biblical perspective on violence and nonviolence and the emergence and development of conceptions of just war in Christianity and Islam. Contemporary issues include terrorism, humanitarian intervention, and religious peacemaking. Required of students minoring in Peace and Justice Studies.

TRS 381 Ways of Peace in World Religions

Explores the cultivation of peace in three dimensions: peace with self, society, and the divine. Course materials drawn from various world religions, including classical and contemporary discussion of the dynamics of peacemaking. Emphasis on native American, Taoist, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu traditions, with considerable discussion of practical spiritual techniques. Prerequisite: Any TRS or HSTR 200-level course.

TRS 382 Religion and Public Policy

Designed to provide an introduction to the relationship between religious values and public policy in the American context. Both historical aspects and contemporary issues will be examined. Prerequisite: Any TRS or HSTR 200-level course.

TRS 385 Religion & Ecology

Examines interrelated issues pertaining to religion, ecology, science, and technology. Includes religious and ethical issues related to cosmology, nature, global environmental problems, and types of ecological spirituality and theology. Prerequisite: Any TRS or HSTR 200-level course.

TRS 733D Human Rights: Religious and Ethical Perspectives

The course is an inquiry into central quandaries in the theory and practice of human rights. Topics include the conceptual character of rights language, the historical relationship of human rights to natural rights and natural law, the universality and/or relativity of human rights, the relation between religion and human rights, the problem of conflicting rights claims, and the justification of humanitarian intervention. Selected case studies will be examined.