PREVIOUS COURSES IN MORMON STUDIES
THE INTELLECTUAL LIFE OF MORMONISM | PHIL 2010-001
Instructor: BRIAN D. BIRCH, Professor of Philosophy
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This course explores the development and contemporary landscape of Mormon intellectual life. It examines key episodes in Latter-day Saint history that shaped the development of policies, practices, and movements related to the study of Mormonism. The course also addresses distinctive features of the tradition that have served to regulate and constrain forms of academic activity within the ranks of the LDS Church. Finally, the course will situate Mormon ideas and practices relative to perennial questions related to faith, reason, science, and revelation.
MORMON RHETORICS | WRITING 5905-001
Instructors: JONATHAN W. STONE, Assistant Professor and CHRISTIE TOTH, Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
During the last decade or so, Mormonism’s generally monolithic public discourse—largely shaped, controlled, and distributed by the LDS church—has blossomed like Brigham Young’s proverbial rose in the desert: from Mormon rhetoric to Mormon rhetorics. These rhetorics will be the focus of this class. Over the course of the semester, we will trace the Mormon historical narrative; examine the tradition’s sacred texts, doctrines, and shifting church policies; and consider the influence and rhetorics of LDS leadership. We will also make a special effort to nuance and complicate “official” institutional narratives with attention to both academic and vernacular historical, sociological, and ethnographic accounts of what it means to be Mormon.
MORMONS AND MOVIES| FILM 4210-002
Instructor: STERLING VAN WAGENEN, Professor (Lecturer), Film and Media Arts
This course explored the way Mormons have been portrayed and portrayed themselves in feature and documentary films. Topics include: LDS Church's contemporary use of film and media; survey of films treating the Mormon experience; current genres and filmmakers in Mormon Cinema; the use of film to express the transcendent; "devotional" v. "propaganda" expressions; Hollywood and the Mormon image; and, other traditions. Throughout the semester, guests will discuss their work with the class, and they will include working Mormon filmmakers, historians of LDS film, and LDS Church producers and directors.
LATTER DAY SAINTS SOCIETY & CULTURE |SOC 3065-001
Instructor: MARCIE GOODMAN, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints is unique among the world religions, calling for a thorough exploration using sociological paradigms. In this course, aspects of Mormonism such as family, organization, education, politics, health practices, gender, stratification, culture, social control and deviance, identity, power, and other important principles are scrutinized with an academic framework, utilizing official LDS doctrine and applicable peer-reviewed publications. The course is designed to better comprehend and appreciate the distinctive nature and contribution of this religion.
MORMONISM & GENDER | GNDR 3960-003
Instructor: JACKIE FARNSWORTH, Adjunct Professor, Gender Studies
This course offers an exploration and analysis of the historic and contemporary practices and perceptions surrounding gender in the Mormon religion. We will consider how different branches of Mormonism historically and currently view the social roles and responsibilities of men and women, as well as the recognition and treatment of gender minorities, including transgender individuals. Mormon perspectives on the connection between gender roles, family structure, and sexual orientation will also be examined. Personal perceptions of gender roles from outsiders and insiders will be explored. This course is supported by the Tanner Humanities Center and Gender Studies Program.
THE BOOK OF MORMON AS LITERATURE | CLCS 4900-001
Instructor: DAVID BOKOVOY, Associate Instructor, Department of Languages and Literature
Written in the language of the King James version of the Bible, the long and complicated Book of Mormon boggles the minds of many. Yet it is unquestionably one of the most influential books ever written. In this class, the Book of Mormon will be analyzed for an entire semester independent of its truth claims. This exciting Mormon Studies course will help students recognize the ways in which the Book of Mormon can be appreciated for its unique literary qualities.
MORMON THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY | PHIL 2010-001
Instructor: BRIAN BIRCH, Professor of Religious Studies, Utah Valley University
This course will examine selected topics in Mormon thought and situate them in relation to the Christian theological tradition. The curriculum will 1) focus on the more distinctive features of Mormonism and 2) explore the range of perspectives within this tradition against the backdrop of historical and contemporary debates in Christian theology. The course will also examine key methodological questions regarding the place of theology in Mormon Studies and how these issues impact the development of this emerging field of study.