Academics

BLS 300: Visions of the Creation

What does it mean to be human? An essential part of being human entails discovering the answers to that question, and while there are many ways to approach it, it is addressed most directly in our stories of creation. They are the foundation stories upon which the other stories that constitute cultures have evolved. This class examines creation stories from cultures around the world and through time, in search of how humans have approached that most fundamental of questions. As you move through the course, you will encounter many different stories that will offer many different answers. You will keep one eye on the differences and the other eye on the similarities as you consider whether they’re really different stories or just variations of the same story. The course will conclude by using the insights gained along the way to consider whether a consensus can be reached concerning what it means to be human.

Textbooks

  • Booth, Wayne, et al. The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. U of Chicago, 2008. ISBN 0226065669
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2009. ISBN 9781603290241
  • Sproul, Barbara. Primal Myths: Creation Myths Around the World. HarperCollins, 1979. ISBN 9780060675011