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The course gives students the opportunity and encouragement to delve deeply into the search for meaning and understanding of who they are and how they can live in relationship with themselves, their communities, the sacred and the world.

Students explore the connections between spirituality, religious faith and human intelligence and experience while examining existential questions such as: What does it mean to be a person? What rights should a person have? Should all humans be treated equally? What are the relationships between humans and animals and humans and AI?

The RAVE course encourages students to examine the notion of personhood through an exploration of disability as a human condition and examine the notions of evil and suffering, fate and freewill within a variety of religious and philosophical traditions.