College of Arts and Sciences

Cults and New Religious Movements in America

REL 236 Section 88
SOC 291 Section 80
3 credits Undergraduate
January 2-5 • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
January 8-12 • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
January 13 (Saturday) • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

David Kling: 305-284-4733,
Tentative syllabus

Heighten your understanding of contemporary religious activity in America

  • Participate in lectures, discussion, and screenings of featured documentaries/ films
  • Focus on twentieth and twenty-first century religious groups, so-call “cults” or new religious movements (NRMs)
  • Examine the origins, beliefs, attraction, and interactions of NRMs from a variety of perspectives: historical, sociological, and psychological
  • Scrutinize NRMs from a variety of thematic angles: potential for violence, “brainwashing”, involvement of women, and charismatic leadership
  • Enhance your critical skills by examining cults from both a pop culture and scholarly perspective

Award winning author leads unique class
Professor David Kling, is chair of the Department of Religious Studies. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of American religious history and the history of Christianity.

Philosophy of Film

PHI 353 Section 80
3 credits Undergraduate
January 2-3, 8-12 • 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Otavio Bueno: 305-284-9218,
Tentative syllabus

Analyze central components of the understanding of film

  • Scrutinize whether film is an art form
  • Discuss what is cinema
  • Analyze philosophically the moving image
  • Examine the interactions between films and literary imagination

Political Ethics: The Dynamic Dilemmas of Contemporary Leadership

POL 556 Section 80
3 credits Undergraduate
POL 654 Section 80
3 credits Graduate
January 2-5, 8-12 • 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Jonathan West: 305-284-2500,
Tentative syllabus

Exam public policy

  • Understand the democratic process
  • Clarify personal and public values
  • Understand the complexities and ambiguities in moral judgment

Prolific author challenges your thinking
Jonathan West, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Miami, is a recipient of an award from the School of Business Administration for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. West has authored numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, ethics, administration, and American government including his recent book, The Ethics Edge. He is also managing editor of the journal, Public Integrity.