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Religion and Philosophy

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Online

Our religion classes are designed to help you develop a broad understanding of specific world religions. The primary focus of our classes is based on religious traditions, biblical literature, and historical developments of religions throughout the world.

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314-984-7777

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Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

Religion

Suicide: From Sin to Medicine

“There is only one true philosophical question, and that is suicide.” Albert Camus’ statement highlights suicide’s role as an ethical and sociological “problem” throughout history. Learn how perceptions of suicidal behavior have changed, from the view of suicide as “unpardonable sin” in Christian theology, to the medicalization of suicide in the modern era.
RELG-765 | 1 session | $30 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Nick Lewis
Aug. 26 | Online

The Work of Her Hands: Catholic Women Religious

In 2016, billboards appeared around the St. Louis area with a simple message, “We have faith in you, St. Louis,” signed “St. Louis Catholic Sisters.” The billboards were the latest legacy of a diverse group of women religious whose lives and work have shaped the city’s physical, social, emotional, and religious landscapes for more than three centuries. Discover how these women lived their faith in a changing St. Louis. We’ll explore how their lives, deeds, and way of living their religion intersected with larger issues of race, gender, class, and power in tense moments of reckoning and conflict in the St. Louis area and beyond.
RELG-765 | 1 session | $30 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F02 Sa 9-11 a.m. | Amelia Flood
Sept. 11 | Online

How We Know and Why We Believe

Discover four major modes for obtaining knowledge and each mode’s impact on our beliefs. Examine how humans have come to “know” what they believe to be true, with a focus on comparing and contrasting knowledge and belief.
RELG-701 | 2 sessions | $37 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F01 Tu 7-9 p.m. | Ron Mertz
Sept. 14-21 | Online

Philosophy

A Moral Perspective: The Value Humans Assign to Nature and Animals

What are our moral and ethical obligations to the natural world? Explore the expansion of the moral community to include animals, forests and even bodies of water through philosophical views on environmental ethics. Connect this logic to modern societal issues in determining the inclusion of animals and non-sentient beings in moral considerations. Please bring a pen and loose-leaf paper.
PHIL-701 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F01 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Danielle Walker
Sept. 15 | FP-C 221

NEW! Philosophy for the Modern World: Technology and Society

Many of us use advanced technology such as smartphones, mobile apps and facial recognition for convenience in our everyday lives, without stopping to consider ethical and social implications. Explore modern technology through the lens of applied ethics, social theory, and engage around themes including surveillance and punishment.
PHIL-701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F03 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Sept. 22 | Online

Philosophy for the Modern World: Social Networking

Social media is nearly essential in the modern world. But applications such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are both pro- and anti-social in their impact. Do tech companies have moral obligations in which projects they undertake? How ethical is their data usage? Discuss applied ethics and social theory, as well as a few references to theories of punishment.
PHIL-701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F04 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Oct. 28 | Online

Putting the Human in Human Rights

What ethical dilemmas arise with human rights and civil liberties? Explore modern challenges to equality, philosophical views on human rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ function within society today to construct an individual perspective on human rights. Please bring a pen and loose-leaf paper.
PHIL-701 | 1 session | $21AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F02 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Danielle Walker
Oct. 20 | FP-C 221


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