will trace the development of the concept of "the Millennium,"
the apocalypse and subsequent thousand year reign of peace foretold
in the Book of Revelation. In short, it is a history of the
end of the world. In this course we will explore millennialism
on many levels, from its role in the shaping of the western
intellectual tradition to how it has served as a vehicle for
popular movements and social violence.
objective of this course is to explore how the idea of the Millennium
has been continually reshaped and reinterpreted in a variety
of historical contexts. As the course progresses, we will also
explore a variety of sub-themes, including:
the millennium and the structure of time & history
· apocalypse as a vision of despair / vision of hope
· the role of the antichrist
· sexuality and gender in millenarian movements
· popular culture and expressions of millennialism
· historical approaches to millenarian movements
J. Baumgartner, Longing for the End: A History of Millennialism
in Western Civilization (New York: Palgrave, 1999).
Fuller, Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).
to these texts, selected material posted on the website will
be required reading. If you do not have access to the internet
from home, students are advised to familiarise themselves with
the operation of on-campus computer labs.
Due: October 4
Research Paper: 25%
Due: November 1
Culture Project: 15%
Due: November 29
see exam schedule
language may be defined as language which does not discriminate
among characteristics of gender, age, race, or ethnicity, religion
or minority." (University of Lethbridge Calendar, 2001-2002,
p. 68). Students are encouraged to use inclusive language in
designed to facilitate both a regular series of lectures, as
well as offering a seminar discussion component. Your participation
will be required to help make this latter aspect of the class
a success. A participation mark will be based on three central
requirements: a) attendance, b) preparedness for seminar discussions,
c) quality (note: NOT QUANTITY) of your contributions to the
discussion. Disruptive and dominating behavior is inappropriate
for seminar discussions, and marks will be lost if a student
exhibits these characteristics. Debate and conflicting opinions
are welcome and encouraged, but personal attacks, disrespectful
comments, and gender or racial slurs WILL NOT be tolerated and
can result in a student's removal from all remaining seminar
discussions and a score of 0 for participation. See also the
above section on "Inclusive Language" for how the
university defines this term. Please note the following section
on the issue of religious history as well.
on Religious History
in mind that as a course on the history of religion, controversial
subjects will undoubtedly arise. There are two important features
about striking the right tone and attitude in discussing religious
history: 1) other students around you may hold a belief system
directly related to or descended from the groups under disucssion,
so please be respectful, and 2) historical analysis or interpretations
of religion in the past do not necessarily reflect upon their
present-day status or ultimate meaning. I will work hard to
keep lectures and discussions open and welcoming, and if you
have any questions or concerns, please see me.
three written assignments required for this course. Detailed
instructions for all assignments will be given in class and
posted on the course website.
Assignments are to be handed in during class on the day that
they are due. Any essay handed in after this time will be subjected
to a 3% penalty per day. ANY essays received AFTER ONE WEEK
following the due date WILL NOT be marked and will receive a
failing grade. Extensions will not be granted except for medical
reasons and a medical certificate must be produced. Failure
to submit a required assignment will result in an automatic
failing grade in the course.
It is the
student's responsibility to keep a backup copy of their work.
The electronic world is prone to hardware/software failures
(which inevitably take place the night before something is due),
so please back up your work regularly (and in more than one
place); always keep a hardcopy of your work.
student shall represent the words or ideas of another person
as his or her own. This regulation will affect any academic
assignment or other component of any course or program of study
whether the plagiarized material constitutes a part or the entirety
of the work submitted. Upon submission of evidence that the
student has represented another person's words or ideas as his
or her own, the student shall bear the burden of proving that
there was no intent to deceive." (University of Lethbridge
Calendar, 2001-2002, p. 63.).
students need to be aware that the regulations on plagiarism
include the following practices:
from another person's work without indicating this through appropriate
use of quotation marks and citations in footnotes.
- Lengthy and close paraphrasing of another person's work (ie.
Extensive copying interspersed with a few "different"
phrases or sentences)
- Submitting written work produced by someone else as if it
were one's own work.
is a serious offence, and proven instances will lead to a failing
grade in the course and a record of the event placed in your
file with the registrar's office. It may also result in a student's
suspension or expulsion.