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Comparative Religious Ethics

Using the atrocities and acts of courage committed by “ordinary people” during the Holocaust as the central problem to be investigated, this course examines the ethical perspectives offered by particular strands of Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Confucianism. Emphasis is placed on grappling with the problems and possibilities of ethical relativism in a global context.

Course Number

RLST 221 B1

Course Number (Cross Listing 1)

IDST 233 B1


Gummer, Natalie D.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings two to three times weekly; attendance is expected of all students except in unusual circumstances (contact instructor in advance), but meetings will be recorded and posted for asynchronous access. Classroom meetings twice weekly in two separate groups; online alternative will be made available if necessary.

Time Slot

Mid Afternoon



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